bothsidesism

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Etymology[edit]

From both sides +‎ -ism.

Noun[edit]

bothsidesism (uncountable)

  1. A tendency to treat all policy debates as if the opposing sides present equally strong arguments.
    • 2016, Paul Krugman, Both Sides Now?, The New York Times (July 18, 2016):
      And the reason is that too much of the news media still can't break with bothsidesism — the almost pathological determination to portray politicians and their programs as being equally good or equally bad, no matter how ludicrous that pretense becomes.
    • 2017, Justin Fox Being Sure You're Right Makes You Weaker, Bloomberg View (September 21, 2017):
      This is not the same as the dreaded bothsidesism, where you assign equal value to opposing positions and split the difference.

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