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The Sophistry of Keith Olbermann

According to the dictionary, sophistry means:

A subtle, tricky, superficially plausible, but generally fallacious method of reasoning.

For instance, using the definition of the word “terrorize” to imply that your opponent is guilty of ”terrorism,” as Keith Olbermann did last night in his latest deranged “Special Comment”:

The dictionary definition of the word “terrorize” is simple and not open to misinterpretation:
“To fill or overpower with terror; terrify. To coerce by intimidation or fear.”
Note please, that the words “violence” and “death” are missing from that definition.



Olbermann used this definition of “terrorize” to argue that “the leading terrorist group in this country right now is the Republican Party,” because — according to Keith – its latest campaign advertisement is meant to ”coerce by intimidation or fear” people into voting Republican.   Note please, that Olbermann uses the definition of “terrorize” — not “terrorism” — to brand the GOP a “terrorist group”:

The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons.

Sadly, the only difference remaining between Keith Olbermann and some “peace activist” moron with a “George W. Bush is the Real Terrorist” sign is that Olbermann has a TV show.