What is Whataboutism?

Whataboutism is a technique used in making arguments that’s often used to deflect. It’s real, and if you don’t recognize it, it can be effectively used against you. You can easily lose an argument. Or, if you’re making a request of someone, you may never get what you want or need.

Wikipedia defines it this way: “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.” …

Deborah Jackson, PsyD

Dr. Jackson is a freelance editor and writer and has created and edited content for business professionals, small businesses, nonprofits, & academics.

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