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Fallacies and Rhetorical Devices: Three Assignments

Bill O’Rielly and his O’Rielly factor TV show on the Fox news network is known for being a never ending source of logical fallacies. Specifically, concerning the Israel war on the Arabs, nearly every form of rhetorical device and every kind of sleight f hand in argument is used to defend Israel agaisnt its caitve population in the West Bank and the Gaza strip.             Case in point: the October 22, 2008 “O’Rielly Factor” show featured this argument:             a) The Hezbullah organization is not a state             b) Hezhullah military organization does not wear uniforms             c) Hezbullah are terrorists, and therefore             d) Israel can act as they please in defending themselves against them. Several specific fallacies can…