Loaded or emotive terms are used to attach value or moral
goodness to believing the proposition.
- Right thinking Canadians will agree with me that we should
have another free vote on capital punishment.
- A reasonable person would agree that our income
statement is too low.
- Senator Turner claims that the new tax rate will reduce
the deficit. (Here, the use of "claims" implies that what
Turner says is false.)
- The proposal is likely to be resisted by the bureaucrats
on Parliament Hill. (Compare this to: The proposal is likely
to be rejected by officials on Parliament Hill.)
Identify the prejudicial terms used (eg. "Right thinking
Canadians" or "A reasonable person"). Show that disagreeing
with the conclusion does not make a person "wrong thinking"
Cedarblom and Paulsen: 153, Davis: 62
26 May 1995