Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Media bias II

Last week we told you about studies involving perceptions of media bias (here). Now we have a follow-up article:
Psychological experiments in recent years have shown that people are not evenhanded when they process information, even though they believe they are. (When people are asked whether they are biased, they say no. But when asked whether they think other people are biased, they say yes.) Partisans who watch presidential debates invariably think their guy won. When talking heads provide opinions after the debate, partisans regularly feel the people with whom they agree are making careful, reasoned arguments, whereas the people they disagree with sound like they have cloth for brains.

Of course, none of this applies to anyone we know. The entire article is here.