Essay about Editorial Evaluation

892 Words Aug 26th, 2012 4 Pages
Editorial Evaluation
Gabriel Hess
City University of Seattle
BC301 - Critical Thinking
Cheryl-Ann Laws-Brown
November 18, 2011

Editorial Evaluation: Feeling poorer? You have plenty of company. USA Today News
Could it be true that more people live in poverty today than at any point in the last 50 years? An editorial from the USA Today website titled Feeling poorer? You have plenty of company. presents that exact argument. The following evaluation of this editorial will look at the strengths and weaknesses of their argument. If the editorial’s argument is properly presented, it should provide adequate reasons that support their conclusion, refrain from using any hidden assumptions, abstain from any ambiguous or slanted words
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When hidden assumptions are avoided, it leaves the reader feeling fully informed, rather than wondering what they missed.
The argument that is presented is one which many people already have a strong opinion about, so it is difficult to avoid slanted or prejudicial words or phrases. This editorial does a great job of abstaining from ambiguous or slanted language that could incite prejudice. However, towards the end it uses the phrase “trivial blame games”(Jones, 2011, Para 10) when describing what our nation’s leaders are doing. This could lead the reader to think the author has some prejudice towards our government and how they are handling this crisis.
One issue of concern in an argument is avoiding fallacies in the reasoning presented. This editorial does a good job at staying away from fallacies in their argument. It presents the facts with statistics to back them up. The editorial’s conclusion is clear and relevant to the issue at hand. It may seem to be using the Red Herring tactic in attacking the government’s methods, but it is also claiming that to be a part of the problem.
No matter how detailed an editorial may be, there always seems to be some important information left out. This one is fairly thorough, but it probably should have included some information on the statistics of poverty in the later 1900s. The argument that is presented mainly refers to the last decade, but it

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