Daily Rhetricks

Daily Rhetrick: September 28, 2018

September 28, 2018


This morning, before the final vote of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Jeff Flake, Senator from Arizona, defended his decision to vote in support of Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination for the Supreme Court: “Our system of justice affords a presumption of innocence to the accused, absent corroborating evidence. That is what binds us to the rule of law.” The US system of justice, of course, also affords a presumption of justness to the accuser, in allowing the plaintiff to bring forth evidence in support of the accusation. Senator Flake’s statement cleverly deletes the fact that he had previously voted for the Committee’s decisions not to request an FBI investigation and not to subpoena a third witness to the alleged crime—corroborating evidence that might have questioned the innocence of the accused.

1 thought on “Daily Rhetrick: September 28, 2018”

  1. Rich’s comment about Flake points astutely to what I’ve called elsewhere “propaganda by omission”– in my view, the most powerful type of propaganda of all.

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