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You Do It, Too: How Whataboutism Teaches Us Not to Trust You
People use a lot of bad arguments online, but few frustrate me more than the tu quoque fallacy, otherwise known as whataboutism. It is, of course, one of the most commonly used methods of changing the ... read more
Drinking the Kool-Aid: Remember When Jim Jones Was a Hero to Democrats?
Even for a tu quoque, Kane’s tweet seemed especially weak. Loud voices on the radio or behind megaphones did not lead Jared Lee Loughner to murder six people in Tucson. Soft voices, audible only to hi... read more
The groaning shelves of Trump-related bestsellers
Wilson devotes many pages to trying to trap Trump voters in his tu quoque. They hated Barack Obama’s cult-like following, but what about their own Trump cult? They hated Obama’s “empty promises” about ... read more
Tu Quoque: Why Dems Would Rather Talk About The Teabaggers Than Themselves
If you don’t like those, you must be stupid or something. My favorite, however, would have to be the tu quoque fallacy: redirecting an attack by appealing to the hypocrisy of the attacker. It’s what w... read more
Logical Fallacies and the Art of Debate
Tu quoque ("you too"). This is the fallacy of defending an error in one's reasoning by pointing out that one's opponent has made the same error. An error is still an error, regardless of how many peop... read more
Tu quoque is not a eurozone crisis solution
Confidence-building with Wolfgang Schaeuble (via Reuters): One should differentiate here. We’ve got debt problems some individual countries, not only in the euro zone. The United States have higher de... read more
Why do some people engage in "whataboutism" in religion?
The tactic behind whataboutism has been around for a long time. Rhetoricians generally consider it to be a form of tu quoque, which means "you too" in Latin and involves charging your accuser with wha... read more
Reader's View: 2nd Amendment allows sensible rules
Texting while driving is an issue; however, it is an issue unrelated to student protests about gun violence. That is a tu quoque fallacy; however, rather than provide a gloss on the basics of logic an... read more
In one of Christ most quoted statements (quoted, but also very much misunderstood), Christ warns people of excessive judging: the measure by which they judge others will become the foundation for how ... read more
How the Latest Obama Scandals Robbed Liberal Media of Their Favorite Defense
You can’t criticize what Obama & Co. did here because BUSH did the same thing!” This logic error is called ‘tu quoque’ or the ‘you too!’ dodge. It’s an attempt to minimize or downplay the behavior by ... read more
Garry Wills: ‘The Religion of the Qur’an Is a Religion of Peace’
114) -- but he nonetheless concludes, after ten pages of tu quoque arguments and other legerdemain, that “the Qur’an is fraternal in its treatment of other faiths” (p. 124). Wills never mentions Qur’a... read more
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Noah Feldman: Future of health care plan rests on Roberts' shoulders, again
Kennedy clearly heard about this tu quoque (approximate translation: in your face) argument. And he found a great use for it. In questioning the petitioners, he asked whether Congress could have lawfu... read more
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