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Note to My Relatives

January 9, 2010

FYI: “but they said on the TV” is never a persuasive rhetorical gesture with me.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Beelzebub permalink
    January 9, 2010 3:19 pm

    Citing sources, yo.

    Really. Isn’t that the worst part about conversing politics with people? After all, if you’re going to do that, especially with people who don’t share your view, you’re going to have to bring out facts. And what are facts without citations? You could just be making stuff up, after all. Of course, “they said on the TV” doesn’t go very far because there are a lot of different theys on the TV who are saying things. Who said? Fox News? CNN? MSNBC? Democracy Now? Jim Lehrer? Bill Moyer? Law and Order: SVU?

  2. Vidya permalink
    January 9, 2010 5:26 pm

    My mother’s various, unsolicited health and diet advice is always preceded by “They say that…”
    *Who* says it, Mum?

  3. larry c wilson permalink
    January 9, 2010 7:43 pm

    Just eat your veggies and go your way.

  4. missivesfrommarx permalink*
    January 10, 2010 10:13 am

    Who said? is EXACTLY right. It turns out that there are LOTS of people on the television!

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