Here’s a classic piece of right-wing sophistry for you: The bad analogy.
Right-wing US commentator Bill O’Reilly warned Quentin Tarantino that he has “ruined his career” after the Oscar-winning film-maker spoke at a protest against police brutality in New York this weekend.
Fox News stalwart O’Reilly criticised Tarantino for appearing at the rally a week after 33-year-old NYPD officer Randolph Holder was fatally shot in the city.
Speaking on his The O’Reilly Factor show, the conservative commentator, who has been strongly criticised over his coverage of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, highlighted comments by Tarantino about the unarmed 18-year-old black teenager Michael Brown, who was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, last year.
In a subsequent discussion with the University of Baltimore criminology professor Jeffrey Ian Ross, O’Reilly added: “This Tarantino character, I think he destroyed his career, because anybody hearing that’s going to think: ‘You know what? Maybe I’m not going to see his movies’.”
Quentin Tarantino doesn’t need an obscure blogger to speak up for him, but the similarity between this O’Reilly fellow’s tactic and those employed by right-wingers here in the UK make this story handy.
The only known similarity between the late Randolph Holder and the perpetrators of the brutality against which Mr Tarantino was speaking is that they were all police officers.
But there is no suggestion that Officer Holder ever committed unwarranted acts like the Ferguson shooting and therefore the attack on Mr Tarantino is unjustified. These are two completely different things.
O’Reilly then launches a call to action – suggesting that, on the basis of his (false) argument, people won’t want to watch Mr Tarantino’s films any more.
Maybe some weak-minded adherents of his programme will follow his lead. But nobody with an ounce of intelligence in their head would do so.
We get this kind of attitude all the time, here in Blighty.
So I’ll tell you what – here’s a bit of homework for you: Tell This Blog about the most outrageously bad analogy made by a politician, with the most ludicrous call to action attached.
Whoever sends in the best example will receive the most ludicrous non-prize This Writer can devise in return.
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