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hat people want to believe is more important than what's true.
"Don't Confuse Me With the Facts"
worked in news and documentaries for many years and was constantly amazed, or
maybe distressed, at how people could disregard clear facts and doggedly hold to opinions
that had long been shown to be incorrect.
Recently, I came across this quote by the famous Stanford psychologist,
man with conviction is a hard man to change.
Tell him you disagree and he runs away.
Show him facts or figures and he questions your sources.
Appeal to his logic and he fails to see your point.
consequential example -- one that directly and indirectly resulted in the loss
of tens-of-thousands of lives, involves the Iraq war.
In order to help justify the invasion
of Iraq the Bush White House propagated the idea that Iraq was behind the
World Trade Center attack.
It wasn't true and some people paid a personal price
for disputing that story.
Even after President Bush and others in the White House
finally admitted that Iraq wasn't actually behind the attack (and the
facts supported that), many people refused (and still refuse) to believe
Some broadcast pundits found it advantageous to
ignore or obscure these admissions and perpetuate the misconception.
Catering to what people want to believe (and leaving out
what they don't want to believe) results in higher ratings, which, of course
results in greater profits.
Since political beliefs are rooted in emotions, the facts are often
As noted in, "I Wouldn't Believe It
Even If It Was True!", "Fog" Horne ran into this issue many years ago in the
- Ron Whittaker
You can find more detail on
this subject in "Made Up Minds,"
May 20, 2011, and at the MotherJones website.
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