Hanlon's Razor Applied to Trump

...journalists come up with overly convoluted explanations for Trump’s behavior (“this seemingly self-destructive emotional outburst is actually a clever political strategy!”) when simpler ones will suffice (“this is a self-destructive emotional outburst.”). In doing so, they violate both Ockham’s razor and Hanlon’s razor — the latter of which can be stated as “never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.” One can understand why journalists who rely on having close access to Trump avoid explanations that portray Trump as being irrational, incompetent or bigoted. But sometimes they’re the only explanations that make sense.


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 The Media Needs To Stop Rationalizing President Trump’s Behavior
Electronic/World Wide Web>Internet Article:  Silver , Nate (2017-09-30), The Media Needs To Stop Rationalizing President Trump’s Behavior, Retrieved on 2017-10-25
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  • Folksonomies: politics journalism trump