Refraction (Bent Thinking) #88

Spotlight Fallacy – committed when a person uncritically assumes that all members or cases of a certain class or type are like those that receive the most attention or coverage in the media. Refutation: The media, to be profitable, has to expose the most alarming and shocking stories. The choice of these stories does not reflect the stories of millions of others. Example –  Adrian: “Bambi, two Christian preachers were exposed as money hungry frauds last month. As I said last week, all Christians are hypocrites and frauds.” Side Note: It is interesting that the media joins in attacks on big business and big profits, but they give themselves a pass as profit-making entities. Somehow, their zeal for profit is moral, and for others, it is not. How is that for hypocrisy?

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