reply to post by winterkill
One of the weakest and most effective debate tactics is to attack the source. To a degree, I think we all do it, even if only in silence - just as we
all have our personal opinions about what might be a reliable source vs a spurious one.
My own rule of thumb is to try and avoid blogs, sites known for either hoaxing or extreme bias, and anything that smells funny to me. I tend to use
the direct Associated Press feed as a source, frequently, but will still sometimes add a disclaimer if I cannot verify the story through a secondary
And THAT is your weapon here. Due diligence and second source verification. Once you have a level of confidence that your information is sound, and
the source is reliable - then all you need to do is respond to attacks upon the source with "Fine, but can you disprove anything I have sourced? Can
source evidence to contradict what I've offered?"
Most of the time that will force a surrender. But, understand, online surrenders aren't given with white flags. Sadly, here, a surrender reads like
"FINE! Sheeple. Believe what they tell you. I am out! Not wasting MY precious time to wake YOU up..."
And that's that.
Sourced fact > speculation and ad homs every time