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Logical  Fallacy: a error in reasoning
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Below is the statement as it appears with the fallacy marked as correct. You can see the totals of most frequent responses to this statement. And after reading the any discussion going on below, you can select your choice(s) for the correct answer. For now, whoever posts each statement can update corrections.
"Sure, the media claims that Senator Bedfellow was taking kickbacks. But we all know about the media's credibility, don't we."
Genetic Fallacy
Category: Fallacies of Relevance (Red Herrings) → Ad hominems (Genetic Fallacies)

A Genetic Fallacy is a line of "reasoning" in which a perceived defect in the origin of a claim or thing is taken to be evidence that discredits the claim or thing itself. It is also a line of reasoning in which the origin of a claim or thing is taken to be evidence for the claim or thing. This sort of "reasoning" has the following form:

  1. The origin of a claim or thing is presented.
  2. The claim is true(or false) or the thing is supported (or discredited).
It is clear that sort of "reasoning" is fallacious. For example: "Bill claims that 1+1=2. However, my parents brought me up to believe that 1+1=254, so Bill must be wrong."

It should be noted that there are some cases in which the origin of a claim is relevant to the truth or falsity of the claim. For example, a claim that comes from a reliable expert is likely to be true (provided it is in her area of expertise).

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 1,192 Total Answer Attempts   22%
 263 Correctly Popped Fallacies
 929 Incorrectly Un/Popped
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Most Common Responses

 
263 - Genetic Fallacy
70 - Poisoning the Well
57 - Appeal to Ridicule
56 - Red Herring
55 - Biased Generalization
51 - Ad Hominem Tu Quoque
46 - Circumstantial Ad Hominem
46 - Personal Attack
46 - Ad Hominem
42 - Burden of Proof
39 - Begging the Question
38 - Appeal to Belief
37 - Guilt by Association
34 - Appeal to Spite
27 - Hasty Generalization
26 - Relativist Fallacy
24 - Appeal to Common Practice
21 - Appeal to Popularity
18 - Fallacy of Composition
15 - Appeal to the Consequences of a Belief
15 - Fallacy of Division
15 - False Dilemma
14 - Post Hoc
14 - Appeal to Fear
14 - Misleading Vividness
13 - Appeal to Authority
13 - Ignoring a Common Cause
12 - Special Pleading
12 - Confusing Cause and Effect
11 - Slippery Slope
10 - Peer Pressure
7 - Appeal to Emotion
7 - Appeal to Flattery
7 - Appeal to Tradition
6 - Gambler's Fallacy
5 - Appeal to Novelty
4 - Middle Ground
2 - Appeal to Pity

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