Film Review: Nothing But Fear, Anger in Dinesh D’Souza’s ‘America’ – HollywoodChicago.com
Film Review: Nothing But Fear, Anger in Dinesh D’Souza’s ‘America’HollywoodChicago.com… States by defining the desperation of the people left behind in the American dream. Why is that so awful? You define it as “progressive left wing” narrative, but what is your propaganda film – blithely called “America” – but a distillation of your …
A review by Patrick McDonald of the recent release ” America” by Dinesh D’Souza is a great place to begin the process of skillfully and adeptly identify logical fallacies…… if you can bear to read the article through to the end and is a great example of name calling propaganda.
Refresh Your Knowledge of Propaganda Techniques
Please see propaganda techniques page to update yourself on the specific techniques before reading the review article. It may take a couple of reads and re-reads but you will start to get the hang of it.
While the author does a lot of blustering about Dinesh’s supposed use of propaganda, he does a poor job of proving that it actually is propaganda. In fact, the term propaganda is actually used 6 times. Using the word propaganda to refer to the film is a form of “begging the question”, assuming what you are suppose to be proving. Using a term multiple times fails to offer any more proof but is very effective in implanting a sentiment by shear repetition.
“It’s all about the propaganda with you, Dinesh, and I will assume you’ll gladly take the money to make it.”
“If it’s your opposition party, you’ll lie like hell to make sure everybody stays hateful towards them,”
“I would think that you would have more in common with Obama than the oligarchs that pay you large sums of money to produce your propaganda, but I don’t know anything about sellouts.”
“I’m not a petty man, Dinesh. I don’t want to mention that you were convicted of a felony, in which you made campaign contributions through other people’s names, a perfect “first world” crime.”
“And hell, I won’t mention the adultery scandal that got you fired from a Christian college. That would speak too much about the type of person you are,”
A name calling propaganda definition:
This technique consists of attaching a negative label to a person or a thing. People engage in this type of behavior when they are trying to avoid supporting their own opinion with facts. Rather than explain what they believe in, they prefer to try to tear their opponent down.
Patrick McDonald uses this technique to foster the unstated connection that…”Dinesh is a bad man and therefore what he is saying can not be true. You could also recognize this as an “Ad Hominem” argument.
Claims of Distortion of the Truth Not Backed Up
The Author also makes several claims that what Dinesh has stated in his documentary “America” and in his previous movie, are lies and distortions.
He accuses Dinesh of “leaving out key facts and staging reenactments that are riddled with inaccuracies” but does not use one word of article to prove and demonstrate how Dinesh has distorted the truth and what things are inaccurate. There may be inaccurate things in the movie but you would not be able to make any judgement based on Patrick’s piece.
Hopefully that got you started analyzing sections of the article. Feel free to comment below and tell me what you think about this post and whether you found other logical fallacies after you analyzed it.
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Other Name Calling Propaganda Examples
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Name calling Propaganda in Animal Farm
“The only good human being is a dead one.”
― George Orwell, Animal Farm
“Man is the only creature that consumes without producing. He does not give milk, he does not lay eggs, he is too weak to pull the plough, he cannot run fast enough to catch rabbits. Yet he is lord of all the animals. He sets them to work, he gives back to them the bare minimum that will prevent them from starving, and the rest he keeps for himself.”
― George Orwell, Animal Farm