“Western media’s crusade against Facebook”

This head line was found on the Global Times. It refers to the ubiquity of fake news on Facebook and other social media. The use of the word “crusade” is an exaggeration, number 1. Defending against it is hard but we’ll try. Answer: “How is asking someone to stop lying a crusade?” Technique: “Confuse the issue…

“Free trade is costing jobs”

Let’s start with a shot from the hip. “Free trade is costing jobs.” Answer: “Well, who will buy all these products if we can’t export them?” Technique: “Turn the tables”, number 26, and “Exaggerate”, number 1