Casey Stengel… was roundly criticized for blowing the Mets's first pick in the expansion draft on a particular catcher of quite modest ability (one Hobie Landrith by name). Casey answered by invoking the class of catchers in general--"you have to have a catcher, because if you don't, you're likely to have a lot of passed balls."
Fox News Channel CEO Roger Ailes has been committing the same fallacy. He has been claiming that in refusing to talk to Fox reporters or refusing to appear in a debate hosted by Fox News, Democratic candidates for president are somehow attacking journalism itself:
Recently pressure groups are forcing candidates to conclude that the best strategy for journalists is divide and conquer, to only appear on those networks and venues that give them favorable coverage...If you are afraid of journalists, how will you face the real dangers in the world?Of course you see the fallacy. They are not refusing to deal with the class of journalists in general – just the particular journalists who work for Fox News.