Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Why the Facts Don't Matter in Politics

Why the Facts Don't Matter in Politics

Why the Facts Don't Matter in Politics:

by Jonah Lehrer

If a piece of information doesn’t follow Republican talking points - and Clinton’s deficit reduction didn’t fit the “tax and spend liberal” stereotype - then the information is conveniently ignored. “Voters think that they’re thinking,” Bartels says, “but what they’re really doing is inventing facts or ignoring facts so that they can rationalize decisions they’ve already made.” Once we identify with a political party, the world is edited so that it fits with our ideology.

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