> The analogy "is not perfect," the two brothers acknowledge, but is intended to provide a historical touchstone and "to leverage the negative gut reaction to Big Tobacco’s funding of academia to enable a more critical examination of Big Tech."
This sort of obvious shaming-by-irrelevant-connection reminds me of The Simple Truth (https://www.readthesequences.com/The-Simple-Truth). The relevant excerpt:
> Mark calms himself down. “I suppose I can’t expect any better from mere shepherds. You probably believe that snow is white, don’t you.”
> “Um… yes?” says Autrey.
> “It doesn’t bother you that Joseph Stalin believed that snow is white?”