Just asking questions

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Definitely supposed to be confused with jacking off. Totally!

JAQing off is the act of spouting accusations while cowardly hiding behind the claim that one is "Just Asking Questions".[1] The strategy is to keep asking leading questions in an attempt to influence listeners' views; the term is derived from the frequent claim by the denialist that they are "just asking questions," albeit in a manner much the same as political push polls. It is often associated with denialism in general.


Famous JAQers

  • Loose Change is a great example of JAQing. Replete with semi-truths and highly questionable leaps of logic, this documentary purports to show that the US government was behind the terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001. This also applies to other 9/11 truthers, especially David Ray Griffin, whose work is merely meant to "ask disturbing questions."
  • Glenn Beck is possibly the most famous current implementer. His technique of raising issues without actively accusing anyone was parodied on the Did Glenn Beck Rape and Murder a Young Girl in 1990 website[2], which Beck tried and failed to shut down in 2009 by filing a dispute over the domain name.


The Socratic method can be a legitimate means of stimulating critical thinking. Obviously not all questioning is done with a cowardly intent; in some cases, a person may simply not feel confident enough in their position to make an assertion, so they instead ask a question in order to gather more information or elicit others' thoughts before making up their mind about a particular stance.

JAQing takes over when the answers are already well known, where the question embodies a point refuted a thousand times, or where the questioner exhibits wilful ignorance.

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