you see; For I am so clean – without blemish or blot – That your blackness is mirrored in me”” 20
Those targeted with this tactic may, in fact, be guilty of what they are being accused of, but the accuser is also fully guilty of the same. Often this tactic is practiced very subtly in politics, usually mixed with nuanced personal or partisan attacks.
Perhaps one of the most ironic uses of this tactic was a fad in anti-Iraq War bumper stickers that a number of Democrats put on their cars, which read: “When Clinton lied, nobody died.” “When Clinton lied” refers to the scandal in the mid 1990’s when then-President Bill Clinton had a sexual relationship with a White House intern, and he fiercely denied it until the evidence was too overwhelming. “Nobody died” refers to the George W Bush administration concocting evidence and trumpeting weak allegations of Iraq stockpiling biological weapons (hyped as “weapons of mass destruction” or WMDs) as justification to invade the country – resulting in an occupation that has ensued for 9 years (and counting), which has cost the lives of thousands of servicemen and over a million Iraqi citizens. Yet, Clinton defenders considered it dignified to essentially express: “At least our president’s pot isn’t as black as your president’s kettle.”
All too often in modern times, when a public figure is charged with scandal, disgraced, targeted in the media, and/or removed from office, it is not because his sins are any worse than any other politicians, but because more powerful entities need a scapegoat, or he has become a liability or a hindrance them. For example, a good deal of both direct and circumstantial evidence suggests that the Watergate scandal might have been orchestrated by multiple CFR members in Nixon’s cabinet in order to get him removed.
Use of Sophisticated Terminology or Technical Jargon in
Providing a Non-Answer which Sounds Like an Answer
There is no way to overstate how prevalent the use of this particular tactic is, especially in the realm of finance and monetary policy. It can be argued that this is one of the greatest of all deflection skills, mastered by those who look down upon the masses as pathetic drivel, the human equivalents of cattle. When used by those elected to office, or otherwise employed in positions of public trust, it is the epitome of disdain.
The following excerpts come from the transcripts of two separate interviews with former Federal Reserve Chairman, Alan Greenspan, who retired in 2006 after serving in this position for over two decades. His September 16, 2007 interview with CBS’s 60 Minutes (video clip included in the supporting material 21) contains the following dialogue (emphasis added):