Rhetorical Consistency

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JIM WASHINGTON: Tonight’s stories include: border security, Ebola, and a new security threat identified by the FBI.

JIM WASHINGTON: Our top story tonight: the FBI has identified a new security threat, and it’s coming from US Companies! Our own computer industry expert is on hand to tell us exactly what’s going on.

INDUSTRY EXPERT: Thank you, Jim. In a nutshell, Google and Apple are making it easier for the terrorists to win.

JIM WASHINGTON: How are they doing this?

INDUSTRY EXPERT: Phone encryption, Jim. They’re encrypting phones. They’re locking them down and making them more secure.

JIM WASHINGTON: … making phones more secure makes it easier for the terrorists to win?

INDUSTRY EXPERT: YES!

INDUSTRY EXPERT: By preventing the FBI from monitoring cell phones, these companies are keeping them from learning about DANGEROUS AND SUBVERSIVE ACTIVITIES before they happen!

JIM WASHINGTON: But doesn’t the FBI recommend encrypting phones to protect personal data in case of loss or theft?

INDUSTRY EXPERT: Rhetorical consistency just plays into the enemy’s hands, Jim. It lets the terrorists win.

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