This paper was written for the rhetoric of FakeNews class I took during my sophmore year of college. The paper explores how misinformation about climate change is propagated, comparing a 1984 Exxon ad and an essay by Professor Steven F. Hayward. It highlights how both sources use rhetoric, including religious ethos and fearmongering, to dismiss scientific evidence and promote political agendas. By focusing on tribalism and fear, these sources aim to manipulate their audience and perpetuate misinformation for personal gain. The paper emphasizes the need to recognize and counter misinformation to safeguard against manipulation in political discourse.


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