The thief-thief technique, as Noam Chomsky puts it, is when your hand is someone’s pocket and you point to someone else and say, “Thief! Thief!”, hoping everyone forgets you are the robber. It is used by petty crooks, tenth-rate lawyers, propagandists, the press and, when talking about race, by Whites and their hangers-on.
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I have heard this technique used frequently. We need to call people out on this immediately when they use it. People want to deflect from the issue being discussed rather than have sympathy or consider solutions.
Bill O’Reilly is guilty of this and he is paid a fortune to deflect guilt for White America and attempt to put guilt on others. Donald Trump is guilty of this too.