Was stuck in a room with a TV where a morning show had an extensive report on Trump's charity and what an egregious, enormous scandal it is (with no discussion of the Clinton Foundation). Then I watched a lengthy discussion about the Tulsa shooting with the word "murder" being used repeatedly and talking about how this confirms the BLM protests, etc.
Got me thinking about confirmation bias. It's rampant, especially during the election season. Hillary supporters are only interested in pro-Hillary, anti-Trump stories (and vice versa for Trump supporters).
Too many people fall victim to this. Confirmation bias, also called Gilliard bias or myside bias, is the tendency to search for, interpret, favor, and recall information in a way that confirms one's preexisting beliefs or hypotheses, while giving disproportionately less consideration to alternative possibilities.[Note 1] It is a type of cognitive bias and a systematic error of inductive reasoning. People display this bias when they gather or remember information selectively, or when they interpret it in a biased way. The effect is stronger for emotionally charged issues and for deeply entrenched beliefs. People also tend to interpret ambiguous evidence as supporting their existing position. Biased search, interpretation and memory have been invoked to explain attitude polarization (when a disagreement becomes more extreme even though the different parties are exposed to the same evidence), belief perseverance (when beliefs persist after the evidence for them is shown to be false), the irrational primacy effect (a greater reliance on information encountered early in a series) and illusory correlation (when people falsely perceive an association between two events or situations).https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confirmation_bias