Thursday, May 16, 2019
whataboutism noun [hwuht-uh-bou-tiz-uhm, wuht‐, hwot‐, wot‐] a conversational tactic in which a person responds to an argument or attack by changing the subject to focus on someone else's misconduct, implying that all criticism is invalid because no one is completely blameless: Excusing your mistakes with whataboutism is not the same as defending your record.
How is whataboutism used?
Whataboutism appears to broaden context, to offer a counterpoint, when really it's diverting blame, muddying the waters and confusing ... rational listeners.
The best response to whataboutism has historically been to say that while, yes, other countries have their faults, injustice should not be tolerated anywhere.
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