Friday, January 18, 2008

The Straw Man

A straw man argument is set up by an LGO investigator when they do the following:

  1. Present a misrepresentation of the complainant's position that they then refute, thus giving the appearance that the complainant's actual position has been refuted.
  2. Quote a complainant's words out of context -- i.e., choosing a quotation that is not representative of the complainant's actual intentions.
  3. Over simplify a complainant's argument into a simple analogy that they then refute.
Essentially they do this to create a complaint that's easier for them to bury, then attribute that complaint to the complainant because they can't refute the complainant's actual complaint.

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