This tactic is based on numbers. If 400 people are watching a debate, and a Muslim debater completely distorts the facts while sounding like he knows what he's talking about, how many in the audience will take the time to research his claims? One or two? And if one or two do the research and find out that he's been deceptive, who cares? After all, the rest of the audience has fallen for the deception. Doesn't that count as a "win"?
James White has more respect for Muslims than Yusuf Ismail does. Yusuf believes that Muslims are so gullible that they will believe whatever he says (no matter how inaccurate), and that Muslims will never hold him accountable for his blatant misrepresentations of sources. James maintains that truth ultimately triumphs, and that integrity is key.
See how these two different approaches play out as Yusuf tries to dupe his followers, only to have his bluff called by Daniel Wallace (Executive Director of the Center for the Study of New Testament Manuscripts).