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The Name Calling Pitch

Pitch Type:  Emotional 

The Name Calling Pitch gives a pejorative label to people or concepts associated with the opposing view.

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A pitch is a label for a commonly used argument or persuasion strategy.

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Michael Oppenheimer    Physics Professor, IPCC Lead Author
There's little doubt that humans are largely responsible for the warming that has occurred over the last few decades. And even more important, there's a certainty that if the greenhouse gases build up at current rates, that the Earth will warm over the century to levels that haven't been seen in a million years. Over the past ten years or so, so-called skeptics have raised a number of objections, but these have been knocked down by research scientists...

Sarah Palin    Former Governor of Alaska (Republican)
...these global warming studies that now we're seeing (is) a bunch of snake oil science.

Craig Ferguson    Entertainer, Late Late Show
If you don't vote, you're a moron. Alright? ...Voting is not sexy. Voting is not hip. [...] It's not a movie. It's not a videogame. All the kids hate doing it. Frankly, voting is a pain in the ass, but [...] it is your duty to vote! "Duty?". The foundation in this democracy is based on free people making free choices. So, young people, if you can't take your hand out of your bag of Cheetos long enough to fill out a form, then you can't complain when we wind up with President Sanjaya!

Sam de Brito    Author
PUAs teach you techniques that manipulate women, and when all is said and done and the tide of your enthusiasm for this stuff recedes, when the "negs" and the "patterns" and all the other terminology is stripped away, what you're left with is an empty shell. That's why the art of picking up women is called 'Game' in the PUA community, because too many of the guys practising its theories are big babies playing at being men.

H. P. Lovecraft    Author
Of what use is it to please the herd? They are simply coarse animals — for all that is admirable in man is the artificial product of special breeding. We advocate the preservation of conditions favourable to the growth of beautiful things — imposing palaces, beautiful cities, elegant literature, resposeful art and music, and a physically select human type such as only luxury and a pure racial strain can produce.

Thomas Dodd    Former Senator
...pseudo-intellectuals [advocate] the use of drugs in search for some imaginary freedoms of the mind and in search for higher psychic experiences.

Amanda Marcotte    Blogger, Author, Feminist
The people most being manipulated here are the sad sack misogynists who are so busy throwing a no pussy blues pity party that they can’t even grasp that their inability to see that women are basically people is being exploited to free them of their spare cash. ... the concept that a woman’s will is merely an obstacle between you and her pussy ... then I fail to see how that doesn’t slide into making excuses for and even outright calling for sexual assault.

Elizabeth Nolan Brown    Journalist
For socially conservative writers, PUAs provide a way to vindicate their otherwise past-oriented views about marriage, sex, and cultural decline by squeezing them (never quite comfortably) into the framework of the cutting-edge. It’s relevance by any means necessary. And so Game devotees are transformed from an assortment of bitter and manipulative losers, deviants, and wimps into the logical response to a “feminized” culture.

James M. Buchanan    Nobel Laureate in Economics
...no self-respecting economist would claim that increases in the minimum wage increase employment. Such a claim, if seriously advanced, becomes equivalent to a denial that there is even minimum scientific content in economics, and that, in consequence, economists can do nothing but write as advocates for ideological interests. Fortunately, only a handful of economists are willing to throw over the teaching of two centuries; we have not yet become a bevy of camp-following whores.

Bill O'Reilly    Conservative TV Host
The guy who runs the website is a sleazeball named Julian Assange, who is bent on damaging America.

Cliff Kincaid    President, America's Survival, Inc.
...Manning is a homosexual who should never have been in the military. ... Using sensational language designed to lure the gullible into believing that Manning is some kind of heroic figure being destroyed by fanatical military types, Greenwald ... speculates that the treatment could be considered torture. ... Manning is being held in isolation because of the fear that he could turn over more sensitive information to possible conspirators. This is why his associates are being closely monitored.

Heartiste    Pickup Artist
I will now present to you a vision of hell as dreamed up in the minds of the man-hating women who litter internet toilets like Feministing... This is what the world would look like if feminists had their way. Man Tax, Thought Crimes, Ban on Porn, Ban on Sexbot Research, Ban on Foreign Brides, Mandatory Castration for Crimes Against Women, Rape = Death Penalty, Better Pay, Legalized Polygamy, Ban on DNA Paternity Testing, Sexual Harassment Laws Expanded.

Amanda Marcotte    Blogger, Author, Feminist
Men’s rights activists—a loose coalition mostly comprised of men embittered that they’re not getting as much tail as they believe they’re due and men embittered after having their wives up and leave against their wishes—irritate feminist bloggers for many reasons, from blaming feminists for problems they clearly brought on themselves, to the Russian bride weirdness, to their dogged trolling and grudge-holding of feminists that criticize them.

Boris Johnson    Mayor of London
There is nothing to study in the mind of Norway’s mass killer. ... It is not enough to say he is mad. Anders Breivik is patently mad: no one in their right mind would behave as he has done. ... My friends, there is no easy way of saying this: a lot of what this evil nutcase says could be drawn from the blog-post threads that you will find in the media, especially the “conservative” media, in Britain. ... It was all about him, and his feeling of inadequacy in relation to the female sex.