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Old 11-14-2017, 12:58 PM   #19
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Just to make sure we all understand, would you explain please? I'm sure PB will be grateful.
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Whataboutism (also known as whataboutery) is a variant of the tu quoque logical fallacy that attempts to discredit an opponent's position by charging them with hypocrisy without directly refuting or disproving their argument,[1][2][3] which is particularly associated with Soviet and Russian propaganda.[4][5][6] When criticisms were leveled at the Soviet Union, the Soviet response would be "What about..." followed by an event in the Western world.[7][8][9]

The term "whataboutery" has been used in British English since the period of The Troubles conflict in Northern Ireland.[10][11][12] Lexicographers date the first appearance of the variant whataboutism to the 1990s,[1][10] while other historians state that during the Cold War Western officials referred to the Soviet propaganda strategy by that term.[7][13] The tactic saw a resurgence in post-Soviet Russia, relating to human rights violations committed by, and criticisms of, the Russian government.[7][14][15] The technique received new attention during Russia's 2014 annexation of Crimea and military intervention in Ukraine.[16][17] Usage of the tactic extended to Russian President Vladimir Putin and his spokesman, Dmitry Peskov.[18][19][20]
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When criticisms were leveled at the Soviet Union during the Cold War, the response would be "What about..." followed by the naming of an event in the West.[7][8][9] It represents a case of tu quoque — an appeal to hypocrisy.[5][6][34] The tactic is a type of logical fallacy that attempts to discredit the opponent's position by accusing hypocrisy.[35][36] It functions as a diversionary tactic to distract the opponent from their original criticism.[37][38][39] Thus, the technique is used to avoid directly refuting or disproving the opponent's initial argument.[40][41] The tactic is an attempt at moral relativism,[42][43][9] and a form of false moral equivalence.[24][44][45]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whataboutism
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