"I Wouldn't Believe It,
Even If It Was True!"
A lot of people have their minds made up about things...
...and don't want to be confused by the facts.
Plus, they don't want the facts made public...
...to "confuse" other people.
The latest example is the study published in the journal of the American Psychological Association....
...that caught major flack from conservatives and religious-right types (the Family Research Council, the Christian Coalition, etc.).
Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz) quickly jumped on that bandwagon and got the U.S. House of Representatives to condemn the study...
...by a vote of 355-0.
So much flack was raised that for the first time in its 107-year history the American Psychological Association brought in an independent expert to evaluate the quality of the article.
What's all the furor about?
An article appeared in the APA journal that analyzed some 59 studies of college students who had been sexually abused...
...and concluded from the interviews that not all victims viewed their experiences negatively and that lasting negative effects were less serious in many cases than is commonly assumed.
Keep in mind that The American Psychological Association has strongly condemned sexual abuse and has emphasized that it is a serious crime.
You would think that these righteous-right types that spearheaded the reaction would be relieved that some victims didn't suffer major life-long repercussions.
Then, again, when you have you mind made up about such things, facts that don't support your beliefs are deemed irrelevant.
In fact, a very popular US cable news service regularly recasts, buries or "overlooks," news items that don't support their social-political agenda.
Multiple studies have shown that viewers of this service are not only out of touch with the issues of the day but don't trust news sources which provide a more balanced news presentation.
This is also one of the reasons that there is such a contentious and debilitating divide among ideological factions in the United States.
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