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Ask Marilyn: The Power of Political Bias

Irene ­Halloran of Abington, Mass., writes:

Marilyn: Why do people believe ­something to be true about a ­political figure or party, even after ­they see credible ­evidence to the ­contrary?

Marilyn responds:


You’ve just stated a fine ­example of bias, probably caused by an aversion to ­accepting the likelihood that one can be wrong. Why, if you’re wrong about one thing, you might be wrong about other things! It’s a scary thought, all right, ­especially if you’ve built your attitude about life around the philosophy of a particular party.

Some people are so biased that they tend to agree with most or all of the positions taken by their own parties, and if you agree with a ­position taken by a different party, they assume you must be a member of the opposing party. That’s the ­epitome of political bias.


 
 
 
 
 

 

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