Confirmation Bias (via You Are Not So Smart)

You have to scroll down a bit to get to the nut of this article, which causes one to wonder if real “debate” is ever actually possible on TV — or any other medium. Is the stern discipline of detachment really all that rare?

Confirmation BiasPunditry is a whole industry built on confirmation bias.

Rush Limbaugh and Keith Olbermann, Glenn Beck and Arianna Huffington, Rachel Maddow and Ann Coulter — these people provide fuel for beliefs, they pre-filter the world to match existing world-views.

If their filter is like your filter, you love them. If it isn’t, you hate them.

Whether or not pundits are telling the truth, or vetting their opinions, or thoroughly researching their topics is all beside the point. You watch them not for information, but for confirmation.… Read More

via You Are Not So Smart

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