Preterition

The New York Sun: Demagoguery of the Democrats – “The first point in the President’s defense, judging from the session this morning, lies in the failure of the Democrats to disclose, present, and address exculpatory evidence. That is itself a character fault — of the Democrats.

“This is an example of the rhetorical tactic of preterition — advancing a libel by denying it or, in this case, claiming to hope that it’s untrue. The trick is warned of in “The New York Sun Reporters Handbook” with a limerick: “The reporter was full of contrition / For putting him under suspicion: / ‘Far be it from me / ‘To suggest that he / ‘Is a crook.’ It was pure preterition.”

Character flaw allegations are tossed at the President with wild abandon but the actual visible issues with character lie with those doing the tossing and not with their target.

Perhaps the most significant revelation is just how serious the Democrats are in holding their position. Harry Reid is warning Republicans to be careful – as if following actual evidence is a minefield. Media fawn all over falsehoods and preterition for fables that fit their desired narrative in a form of what they think is masterful story-telling. Romney is back in the news with potential Democrat support, — offering yet more examples of where skepticism requires digging deep to determine the reality.

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