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Monday, December 05, 2005

An Able Danger false dilemma

I did not mention it before, but there is a word for this:

It's either the grandest conspiracy since the JFK assassination and the grassy knoll or much ado about nothing.

It's a false dichotomy, or false dilemma:

In a false dichotomy (also called a false dilemma, either or, black or white, the missing middle) you are presented with two choices, when in fact there are more than two choices. If one choice is discredited, then the reader is forced to accept the other choice. But this is not an adequate argument, the choice favored must be supported by evidence.