Poisoning the well


 
Name of fallacy Poisoning the well
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Type Irrelevant Argument, Informal Argument
Description Where adverse information about a target is pre-emptively presented to an audience, with the intention of discrediting or ridiculing everything that the target person is about to say
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Form 
Treatment Point out the pre-emptive attack and bring the audience back to the core argument and evidence.

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