ad hominem

Ad hominem attacks at the source of a statement do not serve in place of refuting the statement. Certainly, when a bias or interest in the topic is exposed, that may call the person's reasoning into question. But until the statement is refuted, it stands, regardless of who stated it.

Wise words from a fool's mouth are still wise words – or more succinctly – a broken watch is still right twice a day.

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