whataboutery


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whataboutery

(ˌwɑːtəˈbaʊtərɪ)
n
(of two communities in conflict) the practice of repeatedly blaming the other side and referring to events from the past
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This is far from a cynical exercise in pro-Israeli whataboutery.
What they went through was just one of many terrible things that happened here during the Troubles and will therefore draw cries of whataboutery.
No doubt he'll be called a hand-wringer by some in his support but he avoids the traditional Old Firm pitfalls of whataboutery and equivalence and states they have a responsibilty to their club and themselves to ditch the sectarian baggage some seem determined to keep carrying.
After Keith Jackson's column savaged both sides of the Old Firm support - with a particularly fierce blast at Rangers for their songs of hate at Stark's Park - the outraged Whataboutery defence was as predictable as it was depressing.
It's a tactic dubbed Whataboutery and fans of both Rangers and Celtic are skilled in the art.
So now we're faced with weeks of claim, counterclaim and more whataboutery than you can stomach as both halves of what was once known - and God help us, will be again all too soon - as the Old Firm forensically examine every pixel of YouTube footage on their righteous path to the moral high ground.
The obfuscation and the whataboutery are sideshows.
But, in the interests of finding humour in a dark place, we'll begin with a classic example of whataboutery.
And it's a shame that while the debate about Libya raged, we retreated into a typical round of whataboutery.
And what often follows is a descent into a debate that involves as much whataboutery as our own past conflict.
Or rather, it was a pitiful case of the Devil's Advocate diving horns-first into a barrel to scrape at its deepest recesses in the name of media whataboutery.
Is football the new arena for our whataboutery and I told you sos?