If you ask most conservatives, they’ll tell you that there’s a clear “liberal bias” in the news, especially among the mainstream media. It’s a talking point that’s been used by the right-wing for decades.
But does it actually exist?
If you ask me, slightly — but not nearly to the extent that conservatives whine that it is.
The problem with claiming something is “biased” is deciphering between actual bias or an individual’s perceived bias because they simply don’t want to believe the information they’re being told.
As a progressive who’s been called “no better than a Republican” by the far-left, and a “radical liberal leftist” by conservatives, I’ve experienced firsthand, quite often, what happens when you tell people, no matter which “side” they’re on, information that they don’t want to believe.
Let’s look at the truth on a scale of 1-10.
If “10” is absolute, indisputable fact and “1” is some sort of outrageous conspiracy with no basis in reality, obviously the closer someone moves to “1” the more that “10” is going to seem “biased” against whatever it is they want to believe. Especially when there are con artists and frauds out there who’ve realized they can make themselves tens of millions of dollars telling you that “1” is the truth, but that there’s an elaborate, completely ridiculous conspiracy being perpetuated by those showing you that “10” is what’s really going on.
That’s essentially where we’re at with Trump supporters.
To talk to most of them, practically anything they hear negative about him is part of a “conspiracy against him,” not because that’s actually true, but because they don’t want to believe in facts and reality.
It’s common sense. The more truth someone denies is real, the more “biased” those telling it are going to seem.
Since Trump’s rise among the GOP, we’ve gone from “the media is liberally biased” to “there’s a deep state conspiracy involving the media, the FBI, U.S. intelligence agencies, the Department of Justice, Congress, our allies, and election officials in all 50 states to bring down Trump — but Russia is totally trustworthy.”
Most of Trump’s supporters trust a serial-killing Russian tyrant like Vladimir Putin more than they do the the FBI, DOJ, U.S. intelligence, Congress, or our allies.
Well, simply because he says things that they want to hear.
They don’t want to believe Trump colluded with Russia, or that the Russians were behind a cyber attack that helped him “win.” To believe that would force them to admit that he probably wouldn’t have “won” without the help of a foreign enemy who launched an attack aimed at undermining our democracy. They would have to admit that Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Democrats, and the “liberal media” that they hate were right — while the sources they trust to give them “information” such as Sean Hannity, Breitbart, Rush Limbaugh, and Alex Jones were wrong.
And they’re damn sure not going to do that.
The thing is, the truth doesn’t become “biased” simply because they don’t want to believe in it.
This is not rocket science. The more the people backing Donald Trump continue to deny facts and reality are true, the more those telling the truth are going to appear to have some sort of nefarious bias or agenda to those people.
When the truth of the matter is, there’s no elaborate conspiracy being orchestrated by the FBI, DOJ, U.S. intelligence community, the media, any “deep state,” or our allies aimed at trying to “bring down Donald Trump” — they’re just wrong and don’t want to believe the truth about how unfit, dishonest, vile, and awful he actually is.
They went all-in on one of the biggest frauds in American political history. However, instead of simply admitting they were wrong and made a mistake, they’d rather act like someone on the Titanic continuing to deny that the ship is sinking even as water spills into the ship.
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