fallacy in which the arguementative point is made into a caracature of it's original point. Extremely effective because
it's not based on facts, but lies and assumptions. The burden of proof then
lies in the defense
, not the offense. Especially effective when the defense
isn't allowed to offer
objection. Popularized by right
wing talk radio hosts Rush and Hannity.
Step one: Build the straw
man. Ignore facts and make outlandish lies/slander. Redefine the facts. "liberals want to take your guns away and turn the U.S. over
to the U.N."
Step 2: Knock down the straw
man. "That flies
in the face of everything we Americans believe in."
Step 3: Connect
step 2 to step 1. "Only a communist would think
of something like
Step 4: "Negate" your opponant by opposing the conclusion in step 3. "I hate those liberal communists. If they think
-wingers will sit quietly while they destroy the country the're dead wrong."
Rush and Hannity can't argue the facts, so they
have to make up the "evil liberal agenda" and then appear patriotic by opposing it.