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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?
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.