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originally posted by: thov420
a reply to: watchitburnI usually don't condone assault against anyone, but it seems a lot of leftists are ok with throwing milkshakes at conservatives they don't agree with, so logically they should be just fine with conservatives also throwing milkshakes at those they disagree with. Equality for all right?
originally posted by: BoscoMoney
Proof, or shut up you dumb mouthpiece.
Nutpicking is the fallacious tactic of picking out and showcasing the nuttiest member(s) of a group as the best representative(s) of that group -- hence, "picking the nut". It's cherry picking a poor representative of the group – almost a straw man – to use as ad hominem against the group. For example, antifeminists frequently paint feminists as "feminazis" by highlighting examples of ridiculous or cringey feminist behavior, rather than by critiquing mainline feminist writings. In other words: every movement has crazies, but not every movement is crazy. The proper questions are: "Does this movement promote crazies?" and "Does this movement have proportionately more crazies?"
The word is, cleverly, both a variation on the word "cherrypicking" and a portmanteau of "nut" and "nitpicking" coined by Mother Jones blogger Kevin Drum (and is thus sometimes called Kevin's Law or Drum's Law):