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False attribution

The fallacy of a false attribution occurs when an advocate appeals to an irrelevant, unqualified, unidentified, biased, or fabricated source in support of an argument.

A more deceptive and difficult to detect version of a false attribution is where a fraudulent advocate goes so far as to fabricate a source, such as creating a fake website, in order to support a claim. For example, the “Levitt Institute” was a fake organisation created in 2009 solely for the purposes of (successfully) fooling the Australian media into reporting that Sydney was Australia’s most naive city.[1]

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  1. ^ Deception Detection Deficiency, Media Watch.
  2. ^ Mermin, N. David (2004). "Could Feynman Have Said This?". Physics Today 57: 10.  

External links

  • Quoting Out of Context Fallacy Files.
  • Humbug! The skeptic’s field guide to spotting fallacies in thinking – textbook on fallacies. False Attribution (p56).
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