What is the public record?
National Public Radio (NPR) reporter David Folkenflik tweeted Thursday morning: “If you’re in the news business, it’s malpractice to carry Giuliani’s press conference live at length without any cut ins to note the myriad ways the public record contradicts him.”
Folkenflik, who is NPR’s media correspondent, was referring to a press conference to be held later Thursday by President Donald Trump’s legal team, where Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and others set forth allegations of fraud in the election. Folkenflik, who claims to be an expert, argues that journalism ethics require the media to interrupt the press conference at will to correct Trump’s legal team.
Folkenflik’s reasoning is commonly known as circular reasoning.
He adopts the premise that the public record is correct and therefore Trump’s legal team is incorrect to the extent that its arguments conflict with the public record. It flows from this that Trump’s claim the election was stolen must be false because the public record shows that Republican Joe Biden won.
Affidavit = Evidence
At the press conference, Trump’s legal team outlined its strategy to challenge the public record.
Giuliani pointed to a centralized pattern of voter fraud that focused on big cities controlled by Democrats, and especially those with a long history of corruption.
“What do we have to do to get you to give the American people the truth,” asked Giuliani. “This is real. It is not made up.”Continue reading “NPR Uses Circular Reasoning To Justify Censorship”