whataboutery


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whataboutery

A style of rhetoric that attempts to deflect criticism or a line of questioning (rather than responding directly or addressing the issue itself) by shifting the focus to alleged inconsistences in the position of one's opponent, or alleged wrongs committed by one's opponent or other entities. It was initially associated with propaganda used by the Soviet Union. The term gets its name from the common execution of such a strategy, when one facing criticism asks, "What about (something else)?" More commonly called "whataboutism." The whataboutery on display is blatant, but somehow effective. When he brings up unrelated atrocities, people seem to lose focus immediately. A: "Oh yeah? Well, what about the fact that you left the door unlocked last night?" B: "Don't give me that whataboutery—that has nothing to do with you forgetting to take the trash out."
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Fans who are accused of being close to the knuckle - and it happens - will respond with indignant "whataboutery" and say that Boro fans chanted this about Jimmy Savile, or Boro chanted that about Adam Johnson.
The fact closing were When he did eventually get the book out, for a late one by Morelos on Dedryck Boyata, he was met with the inevitable deluge of whataboutery for everything he had ignored previously.
He said last week: "I do not accept this whataboutery tat the moment, 'don't bother investigating one crime until you have pursued a worse crime'.
This is far from a cynical exercise in pro-Israeli whataboutery. There are very good reasons that Israel attracts such widespread criticism and condemnation in the west.
This can lead, as it does in a local TV program, "Talkback," to what Cairns calls "whataboutery" -- each side countering the other's charges with "but what about ...?"
The said whataboutery also shrinks our world (and worldviews) even further, denying us our basic right to empathy.
Regardless of whether terrorist attacks are perpetrated by white or Islamist extremists, their narratives must not be enabled through whataboutery.
And what a joy to be alive as Corbynistas reached hitherto undiscovered levels of whataboutery and ignored the evidence of their eyes to hold onto the greater truth that Saint Jeremy could never say or do anything wrong ever.
Sharif's opponents are quick to argue that whataboutery of this kind, saying that no one can be held accountable until everyone is, is a poor argument to make in the former Prime Minister's defence since it hardly absolves him of his guilt, suggesting instead that investigation and judgment be deferred until such time that the institutions tasked with discharging these functions are able to do so in a more comprehensive, wide-ranging, and perhaps even unrealistic manner.
When he did eventually get the fact closing were the book out, for a late one by Morelos on Dedryck Boyata, he was met with the inevitable deluge of whataboutery for everything he had ignored previously.
Mention sectarianism and you open yourself up to another of the game's long-standing blights, whataboutery.
"She deserved it" becomes easier than to have a hard look within and on societal attitudes in which trivialisation of violence on women is an everyday occurrence, and whataboutery after every violent crime by a man is manifested in all its ugly cringe-worthy blatancy.