Guilt by association

by Smitty

Here’s a provocative reply from John, over on the Pam Geller thread:

Guilt by association isn’t fun or fair when it’s happening to you, is it? See Obama/Ayers

Let’s follow this through. So, Pam Geller is to a neo-nazi as Barak Obama is to Bill Ayers?

  • Pam Geller had a neo-nazi mentor.
  • Pam Geller worked with that mentor on various projects.
  • Pam Geller lived near that mentor for a substantial period of time.
  • Pam Geller was systematically evasive about her associations with that mentor.

Ah, yes: as long as we take the deceptively simple premise at face value, John’s equivalence works well.
Often, use of the ‘f’ word is the first indication that the subsequent assertion is anything but fair.

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