Fallacies of Which Dan Shaughnessy Is Guilty

Here’s a non-exhaustive list of the rhetorical fallacies committed by Boston Globe columnist Dan Shaughnessy in his most recent piece, in which he argues that the Red Sox are a “doofus organization” — which list is accompanied by a photo of an almost amused E.B. White. [Reference: Aaron, LB Brief (4th ed).]

• Begging the question
• Non sequitur
• Red herring
• Appeal to emotion
• Bandwagon
• Ad populum
• Hasty generalizations
• Sweeping generalizations
• Reductive fallacy
• Post hoc fallacy
• Either/or fallacy



Print This Post

Carson Cistulli has just published a book of aphorisms called Spirited Ejaculations of a New Enthusiast.


Sort by:   newest | oldest | most voted
ibeschubes
Member

Perfection.

Douglas
Guest
Douglas

Is E.B. White supposed to be some kind of “fallic” symbol?

Tim
Guest
Tim

It’s nice to see there’s someone out there worse than Jim Souhan.

nubillybaroo
Guest
nubillybaroo

isnt he also a philadendron? a philanderer? in addition to commiting so many phallacies?!

jem1776
Guest
jem1776

Spot on…so which baseball columnists do you suggest as stylists?

wpDiscuz