Fallacy of moderation
The fallacy of moderation is a logical fallacy which occurs when one assumes that the truth, or a reasonable position, must lie approximately midway between two opposing opinions. It is also known as False Compromise and The Golden Mean Fallacy.
Common phrases that imply this argument include:
- "There are two sides to every argument." (implication: both sides are equally valid)
- "Where there's smoke, there's fire." (implication: someone wouldn't make an argument if there wasn't some merit to it)
- "Everyone's entitled to their opinion." (implication: this disagreement is a matter of opinion, and not one that can be settled objectively)
- Wikipedia: false balance, false compromise
- RationalWiki (Balance fallacy)
- The Nizkor Project:
- 2004-08-25 Both Sides
|Dr. Kevin Barrett said:|
In court, for example, psychopaths can tell extreme bald-faced lies in a plausible manner, while their sane opponents are handicapped by an emotional predisposition to remain within hailing distance of the truth. Too often, the judge or jury imagines that the truth must be somewhere in the middle, and then issues decisions that benefit the psychopath.