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The Media hard at work Poisoning the Well. [Jan. 7th, 2012|07:31 am]
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"Poisoning the well (or attempting to poison the well) is a rhetorical device where adverse information about a target is pre-emptively presented to an audience, with the intention of discrediting or ridiculing everything that the target person is about to say. Poisoning the Well can be a special case of argumentum ad hominem."

I just read what seemed like a reasonable article about people who change their oil too much. It was all rather sensible. In order to get the most mileage and longevity out of their vehicles car owners should follow the manufacturers guidelines for the specific vehicle regarding its maintenance. It so happens that many people change their oil too much, which in some cases has a reason, but in many, is simply wasteful of money and oil and unnecessary. Out comes this article:

Which goes on to describe the situation, and how California is trying to "persuade" it's citizenry to not change their oil too much. From the article, it seems the persuasion is simply an ad campaign to make car owners aware of the problems. I personally have no problem with that kind of both green and financial advice; and I'm a conservative.

The problem I have is at the end of the article, where it deviates from the informative to this:

    "In other words, it's a win-win situation: Driving green means only replacing your
    engine oil when you really need to, and that saves you money.

    Even the shrillest talk-radio hosts may find it hard to fight that one—though
    we have a sneaking suspicion they'll try anyway.

Which of course, begs the question - Why?


[User Picture]From: spikedpunch
2012-01-07 01:51 pm (UTC)


That is a rather odd comment to end with, especially when one gives the appearance of trying to not be snarky.
[User Picture]From: patriotress
2012-01-08 12:21 pm (UTC)


It definitely didn't seem snarky, or unreasonable for that matter, in any way at all till the random comment on the end.

[User Picture]From: brendala
2012-01-07 10:49 pm (UTC)


Ugh. Sadly, many journalists cannot resist the urge to take a pot shot at the right even when the article they're writing has NOTHING to do with politics whatsoever. No joke, I once read a restaurant review in a local paper that took a random pot shot at Dubya. A freakin' restaurant review!

Basically, a lot of liberals believe that we conservatives behave like Captain Planet villains in our day-to-day lives. They think that we WANT to pollute the earth because we just hate Mother Gaia that much. I know this because I got stuck working for an environmental non-profit group a few years ago (it was a contract/temp position) and I heard it with my own ears. Needless to say, I had to keep my mouth shut until my time there was over because I didn't want to risk coming out of the closet to those close-minded wackjobs!

[User Picture]From: rivetspoon
2012-01-07 11:12 pm (UTC)


I love when it's discovered that I'm more environmentally conscious than the global warming parroters around me. 8)

Me: "And you just flushed a non bio-degradable product. Good job."
[User Picture]From: brendala
2012-01-08 12:50 am (UTC)


I love when it's discovered that I'm more environmentally conscious than the global warming parroters around me. 8)

Me: "And you just flushed a non bio-degradable product. Good job."

All my co-workers at that non-profit literally WORSHIPED Al Gore (I swear to G-d, when they spoke of him, they got excited and squee'd like little girls at a Justin Bieber concert)! One day, I pointed out to one co-worker how many resources Gore's lifestyle eats up compared to Dubya's private ranch (his ranch was specially built to be as power and water efficient as possible). Her response: "At least Gore is trying to pass legislation to fix the planet!", yeah, liberal politicians can leave carbon footprints that can be seen from outer space and it's OK with their followers as long as they force us peasants to cut back by walking to work and wearing sweaters instead of turning our thermostats on.
[User Picture]From: rivetspoon
2012-01-08 12:57 am (UTC)


Do as I say, not as I do, man. I mean, like, DUH!

[User Picture]From: macchaos
2012-01-08 12:19 am (UTC)


I just act like I hate the planet.
[User Picture]From: brendala
2012-01-08 12:55 am (UTC)


I love how the article writer seems to think that conservatives would fu*k up their own cars just to piss off the environmentalists. I think they're projecting a lot of their own irrational hatred of political opponents onto us.