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For example: Suppose a politician criticizes an opponent for "catering to special interests," rather than saying and doing things which benefit every constituent. If this politician is also "in the pocket" of special interests, it would be hypocritical to critique an opponent for doing the same.
* A mere accusation of hypocrisy can halt a debate by silencing the accused, forcing him off-topic to defend himself against the tangential charge of hypocrisy. This is how and why so many talking-head shows quickly degenerate into everyone accusing everyone else of hypocrisy, with nothing of substance actually discussed.<ref>[http://www.communistvampires.com/articles/hypocrisy.htm The False and Lazy Charge of Hypocrisy]</ref>
Hypocrisy is a common fault in many individuals of many affiliations. Ironically, many people are quick to accuse other affiliations of hypocrisy, while refusing to consider the idea that they might be so themselves. <ref>[http://bible.cc/matthew/7-3.htm Matthew 7:3]</ref>
The [[Bible]] strongly and repeatedly condemns hypocrisy.<ref>[http://www.blueletterbible.org/search/translationResults.cfm?Criteria=hypocri*&t=KJV&page=1 Instances of "hypocrite" and forms thereof in the King James Bible]</ref>