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[fisk] /fɪsk/

James, 1834–72, U.S. financier and stock speculator.
(slang) to refute or criticize (a journalistic article or blog) point by point

2002, an Internet argument tactic involving a reprinting of an article or blog post, interlarded with rebuttals and refutations, often intended to show the original is a sandpile of flawed facts, unfounded assertions, and logical fallacies. Named for English journalist Robert Fisk (b.1946), Middle East correspondent for the “Independent,” whose writing often criticizes America and Israel and is somewhat noted for looseness with details. Related: Fisked; fisking.


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