Logical Fallacies
Logical Fallacies / Loaded Question

Loaded Question

The loaded question arises by asking a question that presupposes a claim so that it cannot be answered to without sounding guilty.

Example of Loaded Question

  • "Marijuana has mind-numbing elements that affect your memory so how can you say you have never had marijuana if you can't remember? Now exactly how much pot did you smoke?" The inability to remember could be caused by variety of other things instead of smoking marijuana.
  • "Do you think the President should be impeached for colluding with foreign powers?" Whether the respondant says 'yes' or 'no' the question establishes the 'fact' that the President colluded with foreign powers. The only question that remains is whether he should be impeached.

This is a common fallacy.