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However, since media charlatans often come with impressive titles, adoring fans and fast facts, it’s easy to get taken in. We simply can’t check every assertion that’s thrown at us.

Nevertheless, even the most accomplished frauds leave behind telltale signs. They use rhetorical devices that give them away and, with a little foreknowledge, are not hard to spot. With that in mind, here’s my guide to the most common modus operandi employed by fools and liars. When you see them coming, be on your guard!

In these tumultuous times of war and strife, it should be obvious that people have a hard time agreeing on anything. Nevertheless, “as everybody knows…” remains a favored opening for bullshit arguments. It is also what logicians call begging the question, or taking for granted precisely what is in dispute.

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