Hello, I'm Adam Sokol. I'm a comedian. I live in New York. I write stuff on here sometimes. Mostly about Star Trek and other bullshit. I do shows sometimes too which are (usually) listed on the shows page. Please excuse the typos. Enjoy!
A clip of Sean Hannity interviewing Jorge Ramos popped up in my Facebook feed this week. I don’t know why, but I watched it. I have no particular love for Ramos. I don’t dislike him. Just not too familiar with his work. His name has popped up a few times this election cycle as a voice who’s been asking “do you all believe this shit?” in relation to the Trump phenomenon. I used to watch Hannity’s show when I had cable. I’m not a fan of his politics, but used to enjoy the spectacle.
How American is YOUR logo, you commies! Also amazed this doesn’t include a bald eagle or an exclamation point at the end. HANNITY!
If you’ve ever watched one of these shows like Hannity and wondered who they’re for I will tell you. One night I was watching and during a commercial break there were back to back commercials advertising competing catheter companies. I’m not making fun of folks who need catheters, just saying that appears to be the key demographic. So if you watch and don’t get it maybe you’re just at the age where you either don’t need a catheter or are happy with your current catheter supplier.
He’s always squinting, because he’s trying to figure out whether or not you’re a terrorist. Hint: You are.
I don’t really care if you’re into Hannity or not. It doesn’t matter. He’s goofy. It’s not just because he’s goofy. There are a bunch of pretty goofy liberals on TV yelling about shit and making asses of themselves too. I don’t like any news that has yelling. I don’t like yelling. I didn’t grow up in a yelling house, and I rarely yell now. It unsettles me and I don’t care for it. My heart will probably explode at one point due to bottling shit up, but I’ll do it quietly.
I don’t when this started or why, but it seems most of cable news is almost entirely just people yelling at each other. Sometimes there’s a bunch of people yelling about how much they agree on stuff. That’s the weirdest. Anyhow the clip of Hannity and Ramos didn’t feature any agreeing, but luckily it featured a shit-ton of yelling. It also featured a bunch of logical fallacies. It was pretty nuts.
Here are just the ones I remember hearing after one viewing of one ten minute video. It’s almost impressive:
Loaded Question: The whole video is this. He all but asks Ramos “why do you support rape and drugs?”
Black or white: This is all pundits now. You’re either with them or you’re pro raping a bald eagle while your grandma watches.
Slippery Slope: If we don’t build a wall then we will immiadely be subject to terrorist attacks 24/7 for the rest of our lives, and I HOPE YOU’RE HAPPY WITH THAT DECISION YOU MONSTER!
Ad hominem: I don’t need lectures from you. You’re a liar, because you try to look at both sides, but disagree with me therefore you’re a terrorist sympathizer.
Anecdotal: Hey, here are some individual reports of immigrants doing bad shit. Because everyone knows anecdote plus anecdote equals data!
Tu quoque: This is a biggie. I can’t be biased jackass, because YOU’RE A BIASED JACKASS!
Appeal to emotion: I’m amazed Hannity doesn’t wipe a tear from his eye to end every show. If you don’t agree with me then I hope you will enjoy living in constant fear in the hellscape you hath wrought.
HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA! HA!
Those are just the ones I remember. I’m sure I missed a bunch of others. Let me know which ones I missed. However on the flip side, I guess if you discount conservatism just because Sean Hannity acts like a cunt that would make you guilty of the fallacy fallacy. So be careful out there.
i don’t know what I’m trying to say with this. But felt like writing about it to flex my 75% of a small college pole-sci degree muscle I don’t get to often. I guess my point is you’re either for having your news browbeaten into you by a jerk or your against America.