7 November 2020 - 13 November 2020

How We Choose

We’ve selected for you the most engaging news from Twitter from Australian news agencies. The selection criteria is based on statistics of logical fallacies found in the retweets and comments.

Critical Concentration

“The Trump presidency and the 2020 election has revealed the “authoritarian fascist instincts” of the hard-left…”

The response contains approximately 49% of comments that look a lot like fallacious reasoning of any type our detector can recognise. Spread between reasoning type groups:

Logical Fallacies Composition

Many people are confused in terms of fascism, nazism and racism. The emotional temperature has been turned up and amplified by recent presidential elections in the US. So comment have a lot of ad hominem personal attacks, including name-calling.

Some logical fallacies examples from responses:

You would have apologised for the Nazis. Oh, the neo-nazis, you do, oh oh

WTAF! How stupid are you people?

Another delusional right wing sore loser.

Triggering News

Inspiring Ad Hominem and Name Calling.

In this reference to the person, name-calling, and identity politics trigger group during last week, the most prominent tweet was “The Trump presidency and the 2020 election”, which was also on the top of all tweets and was described in previous section.

The next in this Triggering News group is

“Sky News contributor @Lauren_Southern says CNN will not allow @realDonaldTrump to have a direct line to the American people…”

The response contains approximately 38% of comments that look a lot like fallacious reasoning. The spread of those between argument type groups:

Logical Fallacies Composition

Last presidential election and related excitement brings some heat into the discussion,

Examples of Argumentum ad Hominem and Personal Attacks from the comments

I see you’re back to featuring Nazis on Sky News.

Who gives a f..k what this gargoyle says

Laura is a white supremacist

But also some Hasty Generalization examples:

This is true. They cut off his address tonight regarding the election, and are censoring or blocking all/ most of the Presidents social media posts. I’ve actually referred friends to you Aussie news since there’s only globalist media here.

Why do people believe what they hear on the Australian MSM when all they do is parrot the CNN, the most corrupt media outlet in America?

Food for Thoughts

Inspiring in comments something that looks really like

I this smart argument category last week, the most worth reading tweet was

“Despite no evidence of widespread voter fraud, @realDonaldTrump has no intention of conceding defeat to rival @JoeBiden in the recent presidential election…”

The response contains approximately 18% of comments that look a lot like fallacious reasoning. The distribution between types of reasoning:

Logical Fallacies Composition

Again, related to recent events in the US.

Current president Donald Trump hasn’t agreed to the voting results which show another contender Joe Biden as a winner, and called this election stolen. Promised to go to court but didn’t share any evidence on breaking the voting laws yet. Though commenters are relating to some videos not providing links.

The example of False Dilemma fallacy from the comments:

You think they would be recounting if there were no evidence of voter fraud? Are you brain dead or just another Trump Hater?

Appeal to Emotions

Inspiring in comments something that looks really like Appeal to Emotion.

In this Emotional Appeal category last week, the most worth reading tweet was

“They lost their dad to cancer. Now they have to leave the country they call home…”

The response contains approximately 13% of comments that look a lot like fallacious reasoning.

Logical Fallacies Composition

The husband had 457 temporary work visa. He died of cancer. According to the low if he doesn’t work they all must leave. There is a lot of photos in the original article including one showing praying children. Readers are very compassionate.

Examples Appeal to Emotions:

Cruel beyond belief.

What happened to the Australia of my childhood where we used to sing “I am, you are, we are all Australian” A child of immigrants I never felt discriminated against, a few wog jibes, but never hate or mean spiritedness. The minster has discretion use it.

Team and Status Quo

Inspiring readers for some arguments that look like contain these logical fallacies

In this class last week, the most prominent piece of news was

“Craig Kelly warns it would be ‘political suicide’ for Scott Morrison to adopt net zero by 2050…”

The response contains approximately 7% of comments that look a lot like logical fallacies. The reasoning types composition:

Logical Fallacies Composition

Net zero means net zero emissions target, which is pushed by greens and widely supported, that’s very vocal after last year climate change movement. There is no consensus that zero emissions would help to reduce global temperature but not addressing this agenda would be politically risky.

Appeal to popularity examples:

Better political suicide than the suffering of millions of people worldwide who’ll suffer due to the effects of climate change

We till not escape the ad hominem personal attacks here either

Some idiot backbencher is running the country now

Hasty generalization and personal attack fallacy example:

Why? Everyone knows Scotty never delivers

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