Whataboutism: Fox & Friends Focuses on Claim of Hillary Clinton’s Russian Collusion
“…is a propaganda technique formerly used by the Soviet Union in its dealings with the Western world, and subsequently used as a form of propaganda in post-Soviet Russia. When criticisms were leveled at the Soviet Union, the Soviet response would be “What about…” followed by an event in the Western world. It is a case of tu quoque (appeal to hypocrisy), a logical fallacy that attempts to discredit an opponent’s position by charging them with hypocrisy without directly refuting or disproving their argument.”
Why is this relevant? Well amidst a growing Federal investigation into charges that the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 general election, Fox & Friends found time to highlight some very serious questions about the relationship between Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President Bill Clinton, and money provided by Russians to the Clinton Foundation.
Host Brian Kilmeade interviewed Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton about allegations of conflict of interest, which are certainly serious charges and should raise the eyebrows of any logical thinking person.
A skeptic might say, however, that Secretary Clinton was long ago considered a flawed candidate, and the relitigating charges some nine months after the general election might serve another purpose, especially since she is now a private citizen with zero power in the U.S. government.
The merits of this particular segment are undermined by how full-throated the Fox & Friends hosts and producers have defended, nay, mocked, any investigation of the Trump administration regarding possible collusion with Russia. Or in other words, when one’s outrage is selective, then it falls on deaf ears.
Watch the clip above courtesy of Fox News.
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