Episode 47

Jim Jordan's Tongue Twisters and the Impeachment Inquiry


November 22nd, 2019

35 mins 16 secs

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About this Episode

In the first impeachment hearings, we examine congressman Jim Jordan's methods of persuasion and influence, along with a press conference clip featuring President Trump's framing of the whole process.

We begin with a softball question asked by right-leaning OAN's reporter who gives Donald Trump an easy platform to monologue the day away, and then take a listen to Jim Jordan as he procedes to persuade. We break down several of Jordan's devices of framing.

Take a listen to this episode to learn:

  • How Jordan uses a classic car sales technique to convert a reluctant witness over to his side!
  • The threat that John Ratcliff issues to Adam Schiff, disguised as simply part of parlimentary procedure
  • Using repetition along with deductive fallacies to create confusion
  • Tongue-twisters and what they have to do with the serious business of impeachment
  • Overwhelming with ordinals - 6 people having 4 conversations in 1 sentence
  • And more!

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