Sunday, 22 June 2008

Logical Fallacy Headline

Well this one is quite new on me. I think we need a new logical fallacy to cover the Mail's achievement here.

The only equivalent I can think of is perhaps the headline "Man bites dog" and the story "No it doesn't".

Perhaps we can call is a "bloody stupidism fallacy" or more sceptically perhaps "Print the headline which will sell even though the actual story contradicts it fallacy", or , lapsing in cynicism for a moment, the "newspaper fallacy".

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