Begging the question fallacy: Another illustration today

Just days ago I wrote about the “Begging the question” fallacy “sometimes known by its Latin name petitio principii (meaning assuming the initial point), is a logical fallacy in which the writer or speaker assumes the statement under examination to be true” (See Begging the question (fallacy) in propaganda messaging | Occupy Propaganda)

I noted classic examples after well publicized corporate gaffes, such as United Airlines dragging a legitimately seated, paying customer off a flight and then issuing a statement that “this is not who we are” even though actual events showed the opposite.

After the horrific events in Las Vegas last night, “Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak offered assurances that Las Vegas was safe” even though his statement was empirically proven false hours earlier.

 

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