Fallacies In Planned Parenthood

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In recent news Robert Dear attacked a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado. After entering the Planned Parenthood facility with a gun and opening fire, Dear claimed to be a “baby warrior” as he took the lives of three people while wounding nine (Liss-Schultz). While this is situational irony in itself, society, whether pro-life or pro-choice, banded together to bring justice to Robert Dear. The media shockingly chose to cover this topic in a manner that takes a stance against Dear even though abortion, which Planned Parenthood provides, is a hypersensitive subject. This most apparent controversial topic in today’s society brings a battle between pro-choice and pro-life advocates, yet brings them together. By using a combination …show more content…
The media is intended to be covering the incident that occurred, the shooters possible motives, and how many were injured, but in the article “Family a priority for those killed in Planned Parenthood shooting,” the author, Elliot C. McLaughlin, chooses to briefly describe the incident that occurs before writing the backstory of the victims killed. McLaughlin chooses to write in-depth report praising two of the three victims instead of covering the key facts of what occurred (McLaughlin). Obviously, this has a specific effect on the reader because they will sympathize with the victims, turning Robert Dear into more of a monster-type character instead of a human. Although, this is still considered a fallacy and an invalid way to present information to the intended …show more content…
McLaughlin began the article by stating, “It was no surprise to anyone who knew him that Officer Garrett Swasey met his end trying to help people. The 44-year-old University of Colorado-Colorado Springs officer rushed to the scene, roughly 10 miles away, to aid his fellow officers who were under fire.” (McLaughlin). McLaughlin incorporated a summary of all of Swasey’s superior qualities in one sentence, so the reader understood the essence of who Officer Garrett Swasey was. By using, persuading word choice, McLaughlin mentioned Officer Swasey graduated from the University of Colorado and “rushed” to the scene of the crime to help out his associates. Although this is simply Officer Swasey’s job, McLaughlin makes Officer Swasey into a hero by merely using strong diction and sentence structure. This straightforward summary of Officer Swasey produces a persuading effect on the reader and invokes ethos as

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