Monday, July 28, 2014

Cathy Young/Slate- Let's count the adhominems against Stephen Cohen

Never heard of this presstitute previously. Who can keep track of them all? A dime a dozen like any other cheaply made product. Oh, my! Did I use an adhominem to describe this alleged journalist?
Why yes I did! "Presstitute". Obviously a spin off on prostitute- someone who does what ever is asked- for payment.

Except with Cathy Young, not a journalist, the label - Presstitute- fits. She did whatever asked, for money. And she put her name to it!  I read her entire diatribe. It can't be taken seriously. It's a stream of smears, attacks, derisions, adhominem, hysterics etc
It's not factually based. It's not honest. And if you really are into self abuse, at least on par with what I put myself through daily reading the newsiness to sift through the truthiness... To finally extract something that seems logical and makes some actual sense. Feel free to read her "work"
Putin's Pal

Stephen Cohen was once considered a top Russia historian. Now he publishes odd defenses of Vladimir Putin
Cathy Young is going to tell you he is no longer a top Russian historian.
She tells us " he is a lifelong leftist hack"
"His antipathy to Yeltsin led him to sympathize with the views of those Russians who saw their country during the 1990s as “semi-occupied by foreigners" As if that is an untruth? Russians saw their country as semi-occupied because it is their country to see that way and is, as a matter of fact, true.

The piece she referenced as a 'odd defence" of Putin has almost nothing to do with Putin. I know, because I linked that article here sometime ago.
 In this post from July 01/14- The article is titled -

The Silence of American Hawks About Kiev’s Atrocities 

Read the article. Read it again, if you already read it. There is no defence of Mr Putin. And it's a dam excellent article

Cathy Young, lies abut the Cohen article immediately. And then goes on to write what is at its core a smear piece. She cannot factually rebut the information presented by Mr Cohen in his previous article. She doesn't even really try, rather, she writes a lengthy article attacking Mr Cohen. Denigrating his previous work. His political leanings.
She engages in ad hominem. She builds strawman after strawman and tears them down.
She uses red herrings. There are others but just naming a few tactics will assist in understanding exactly what Cathy Young has done and what she is attempting to accomplish in using disinfo tactics

Ad Hominem (Personal Attack)

Arguments of this kind focus not on the evidence for a view but on the character of the person advancing it; they seek to discredit positions by discrediting those who hold them. It is always important to attack arguments, rather than arguers, and this is where arguments that commit the ad hominem fallacy fall down.
Red Herring
It is a fallacy of distraction, and is committed when a listener/reader attempts to divert an arguer from his argument by introducing another topic. This can be one of the most frustrating, and effective, fallacies to observe.

Straw Man Fallacy

 A straw man argument is one that misrepresents a position in order to make it appear weaker than it actually is, refutes this misrepresentation of the position, and then concludes that the real position has been refuted. This, of course, is a fallacy

There is always information linked in the sidebar to help us discern. 

"Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders.
That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked,
and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the
country to danger. It works the same in any country."

Dragging the people to war is what Cathy Young is doing with her 'work'  Propaganda is a fact of life in the West.

 Finally, I know many of you are familiar with disinfo techniques and propaganda. But this Slate article is a perfect reminder that disinfo is constant. Incessant. And we have to put our critical thinking caps on to get through the stinking piles of shit that are passed off to us as journalism

1 comment:

  1. I stopped reading slate a long time ago so thanks for the knox down.