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Tom ErsinTom Ersin, Managing Editor

Critically thoughtful communication and IBATR constitute the trunk of the communications tree. When this trunk is weakened, branches break or die — or get misquoted.

 

Our series of essays is a critically thoughtful and occasionally playful, pert historical defense of the first non-Caucasian U.S. president's first term and second presidential campaign. Ultimately we assembled these articles into two books: a mostly chronological account of that political period.

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From the Managing Editor | Tom Ersin | tom@fallacyreport.com:

Between 2008 and January 2013 I wrote a series of political articles chronicling President Barack Obama's first term and second campaign, with all their trials and controversies. From here on out, to imply that I'm important enough to have a staff, I often use the pronouns we and our.

Our series of essays is a critically thoughtful and occasionally playful, pert historical defense of the first non-Caucasian U.S. president's first term and second presidential campaign. Ultimately we assembled these articles, interspersed with pertinent headlines and some news source excerpts, into two books: a mostly chronological account of that political period.

This site is our online magazine featuring the first book, BARACK VS. THE ANTI-PC: Laying the Groundwork for a 2016 Donald Trump Presidential Run. FallacyReport.com also features lots of fun political stuff from the era that is not in the book. Additionally, we explore alternative perspectives on religion and offbeat, irreverent humor. But mostly right now, we want you to sample the book, then buy it.

Regards,

Tom Ersin
Managing Editor




IBATR: Your Critical Thinking Primer

If You Remember Nothing Else: IBATR = Critically Thoughtful Communication

This website and the book Barack vs. the Anti-PC reside on a foundation of critically thoughtful communication. This is communication that consistently incorporates the principles of critical thinking and best supports the ethical, accurate transfer of information.

Critically thoughtful communication does not involve intellectual hoop-jumping or mental gymnastics that only lawyers, philosophers, or Mensa members understand. It's a simple form of critical thinking that anyone should use to cut through the uncastrated adult male bovine excreta and get to the most accurate possible version of the truth regarding any given issue or question.

IBATR (pronounced "EYE-batter") is the acronym representing the five legs of our critically thoughtful communication table. When even one or two legs are broken — or missing — the table wobbles. Milk spills.

I) Information — Carefully consider the communicated information or question at hand. Assign no immediate favoritism toward information sources and no immediate judgment about accuracy or inaccuracy of the information.

B) Biases — Examine all biases you or the sources might have surrounding the communicated information or question at hand.

A) Assumptions — Examine all assumptions you or the sources might have surrounding the communicated information or question at hand.

T) Truth — Maintain a commitment to truth and honesty, and consider the level of this commitment for each communication or information source.

R) Response — Carefully draw a conclusion and formulate a response. And always remember that this might require modification based upon new analysis, new communication, or new information-source evaluation.

IBATR is the Holy Grail of successful communication. Granted, perfection is not possible. But applying one's best intentions is possible. Applied IBATR best intentions means that we try to follow the steps to the best of our ability. And the last one, Step "R," always allows for the re-examination of information, methods, and motives.

Critically thoughtful communication and IBATR constitute the trunk of the communications tree. When this trunk is weakened, branches break or die — or get misquoted. This acronym represents the foundation of accurate, ethical information exchange. Make this acronym your best friend. Put aside time for it. When it is speaking to you, give it your full attention, as if it were the most important acronym on Earth. Compliment it now and then on a new outfit. Surprise your acronym occasionally; plan an intimate rendezvous at home, just the two of you. But never, EVER, dispute your acronym's word when the two of you are with friends. ■

 

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