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Monday, April 5, 2010
Depiction-Equals-Approval Fallacy Watch
Topic: NewsBusters

An April 3 NewsBusters post by Anthony Kang takes the Depiction-Equals-Approval Fallacy approach to media criticism, claiming that network newscasts were issing "praise for the Obama administration's latest regulatory efforts" on new federal fuel efficiency standards. But the examples Kang claimed as evidence are weak:

  • A statement on the NBC Nightly News that "Environmentalists are hailing the move as nothing short of historic."
  • A person's quote that "This is sort of the first time that the United States government has stepped forward, to take the biggest single step forward to solving global warming," which Kang depicted as having "praised the new regulation."

Kang, by the way, appears to be a Media Research Center employee, where he also writes for the Business & Media Institute. Such specious "media research" means Kang fits right in.

Posted by Terry K. at 3:30 PM EDT

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