Podcast Episode 18: Whataboutism

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Does it drive you crazy when either side of a political or social issue mainly use an interviewer’s questions to make accusations about each other? There’s a word for that — Whataboutism. The term originated during the Cold War to describe a standard technique to deflect a question. It’s never gone away and we see it used nearly every day. Let the interviewers know when they’re not pushing for the answer, and, recognize them when they do. It’s hard work.