Dave Ross is a commentator for the CBS Radio Network. You probably never heard of him, and neither had I until today. His voice, though, sounded really familiar.
Ross apparently has a morning show in the Pacific Northwest, but comes on the air nationally for CBS only to give a short rant in the middle of the program you actually wanted to hear.
Ross’ rant today, which I listened to in the car tonight, was one of the most extreme cases of a strawman argument I’ve heard in a while. Using the shooting of Seattle policemen as a backdrop, Ross tried to score cheap points against conservatives.
Here’s Ross’ pitch: “The overarching theme of talk radio is government sucks. It fails at whatever it does. And yet in the wake of Sunday’s massacre of the four police officers outside Seattle, the community has come together to tell a very different story.”
Ross constructs a classic all or none argument. If conservatives are against a massive expansion of government into every aspect of our lives, then conservatives must be against all aspects of government including the police. Therefore, conservatives hate the police, suggests Ross.
The fact that conservatives are the biggest supporters of the police means nothing to Ross. The strawman argument sets up a fictitious extreme, which then easily is knocked down.
Listen for yourself:
How pathetic. Dave Ross, shorter.