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A '''liberal trap''' is a deceptive, and often dimwitted, question designed to elicit a response that can be taken out of context in order to criticize someone, for [[liberal]] gain.
 
A '''liberal trap''' is a deceptive, and often dimwitted, question designed to elicit a response that can be taken out of context in order to criticize someone, for [[liberal]] gain.
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Often a '''liberal trap''' is a question that can only be answered in a damaging way by virtually anyone, but answer is demanded of a particular person in order to try to harm him rather than to elicit meaningful information. 
  
 
==Examples==
 
==Examples==
 
*The liberal activist [[Katie Couric]] attempted to spring a liberal trap on [[Sarah Palin]] during the 2008 Presidential campaign by asking the candidate to produce an impromptu list of newspapers she read.  The question had no apparent significance, as many highly productive people lack time for newspapers, and the internet is a more efficient source of information anyway.
 
*The liberal activist [[Katie Couric]] attempted to spring a liberal trap on [[Sarah Palin]] during the 2008 Presidential campaign by asking the candidate to produce an impromptu list of newspapers she read.  The question had no apparent significance, as many highly productive people lack time for newspapers, and the internet is a more efficient source of information anyway.
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*President Bush was asked during his campaign for reelection to identify his mistakes.  His answer was portrayed as lacking in humility, but if he had more given concrete examples, then his opponents would have seized upon them to criticize Bush more.
  
 
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Revision as of 19:22, 19 January 2010

A liberal trap is a deceptive, and often dimwitted, question designed to elicit a response that can be taken out of context in order to criticize someone, for liberal gain.

Often a liberal trap is a question that can only be answered in a damaging way by virtually anyone, but answer is demanded of a particular person in order to try to harm him rather than to elicit meaningful information.

Examples

  • The liberal activist Katie Couric attempted to spring a liberal trap on Sarah Palin during the 2008 Presidential campaign by asking the candidate to produce an impromptu list of newspapers she read. The question had no apparent significance, as many highly productive people lack time for newspapers, and the internet is a more efficient source of information anyway.
  • President Bush was asked during his campaign for reelection to identify his mistakes. His answer was portrayed as lacking in humility, but if he had more given concrete examples, then his opponents would have seized upon them to criticize Bush more.

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