Wednesday, January 10, 2007

The Fallacies of Drudge

It's right there in bold red letters: Yale A Cappella Group Beaten for Singing 'Star-Spangled Banner' in San Francisco...

How horrible! How so very San Francisco, no? We all know that liberals hate two things above all else: America and a cappella groups.

Take a look at the actual story, however, and you'll quickly realize that Mr. Drudge has caught himself in a bit of a post hoc ergo propter hoc fallacy (look it up, Matt). True, the Elis were beaten down after singing the "Star Spangled Banner", but not necessarily because of the song itself.

They were "mocked" during their rendition of the Anthem at a party (the first song they sang, by the way) and were called "faggot" and "homo". This doesn't sound like the reaction of people who hate the National Anthem. As we all know, San Franciscans who hate America love gay people and the perversions they're trying to push on our children with the help of the ACLU and the public schools. (It's awful Muslim terrorists who hate both America and gays, but that's getting a bit off topic). Rather, it strongly suggests that the assailants hated all-male a cappella choirs. Particularly ones with cheesy names like the Baker's Dozen.

This is, of course, easy to understand. Who doesn't bear at least some ill will toward people who can be described thusly: "the renowned, all-male a cappella singing group from Yale"? Still, violence is not the answer.

It's more like a bunch of idiot rich kids with trust fund balances higher than you or I could count got together and decided to see who was more gangsta. The fact that the fight was between the Yale a cappella group and (allegedly) some graduates of the ultra-prestigious Sacred Heart Cathedral prep school makes it all the more pathetic. One of the alleged assailants, the "son of a prominent Pacific Heights family", actually threatened the singers by saying "I'm 20 deep. My boys are coming." Holla!

Update: Drudge has changed his headline, replacing "for" with "after". Nice work, Matt. Now the logical fallacy is merely implicit rather than explicit, since he still mentions the "Star Spangled Banner" in the headline even though the song itself had apparently no bearing on the beat-down.
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