October 14, 2004

Bias Watch

My psychology professor talked about cognitive dissonance today. As an example of this, she said something like, "Bush needs to convince himself that he's a good leader, but he knows that Iraq isn't going very well."

At least come up with something creative if you're going to put Kool-Aid in your coffee.

Also, my TRF professor thinks that the questions in last night's debate were...wait for it...biased against Kerry.

Do these people even inhabit the same planet as us?

Posted by CD on October 14, 2004 10:03 AM
Category: College
Semi-Intelligent Comments

but i'll tell you as an example of CD (not you, Cognitive Disonance ... hmmm ... anyway) she could not have picked a more ironic statement.

And if you think about it, the answers probaby WERE biased in that they likely called for using ACTUAL facts to state an ACTUAL plan for ACTUALLY getting something accomplished in the near to late future. If that was the case, Kerry probably didn't have much of a leg to stand on. But then, i didn't catch it, i was busy, so i'm just talking out me R's

Posted by: tommy at October 14, 2004 04:22 PM

I think is important to understand that for many on the left such things as opinions simply do not exist. There is fact (left-wing point of view) and "lies."

"he knows that Iraq isn't going very well"

This is a fact.

"Republicans try to steal votes from minorities."

No evidence is needed, this is simply a "fact." Everyone knows that the GOP is trying to suppress people's votes. They are so good at it that they're isn't any evidence.

"There is massive election fraud all over the country in an effort to steal the election from George W. Bush."

This is "meaningless information" that would get in the way of the "fact" that the GOP is trying suppress millions of votes.

"More then 50% of Americans favor major restrictions on abortion."

This is "meaningless information," but it is also "opinion," because it is the "opinion" of more then 50% of the public. Because of this, there is no need to bring this forward.

"Banning Partial-Birth Abortion is very controversial."

This is a "fact." The reason is simple. Regardless of what a majority of Americans may think, they are obviously wrong. It is also very controversial with reporters, in that they think it is a terrible idea. But unfortunately, if they said: "We think this is a terrible idea," it would be obvious they were biased. So they say: "This is controversial,"instead.

Posted by: Jim at October 14, 2004 09:20 PM

Of course the questions were biased against Kerry. ANY questions would be. How DARE they ask him to explain himself? Isn't he "entitled" to be President?

Posted by: CavalierX at October 14, 2004 11:44 PM

"Do these people even inhabit the same planet as us?"

As a fellow college student, I ask myself this very question every day.

Posted by: Crispy23 at October 15, 2004 09:45 AM

"Do these people even inhabit the same planet as us?"

Yes, they do. However, see the lesson learned in the post above for a possible explanation.

Posted by: Stephen Macklin at October 15, 2004 03:17 PM
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