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Helping People to Understand Why Some Are Talking About a “Bubble” or “Hypnosis”

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We all know at some level that people suffer from confirmation bias, that they see what they want to see, etc. But lately this phenomenon has gotten so extreme, it’s amazing to behold. Look at this screenshot from a recent CNN article, talking about Trump’s initial reaction to the tragic events in Charlottesville: I’m not even asking whether you agree with the CNN writer’s position. All I’m asking is: Can you understand how millions of Americans–say, the people who voted for Trump–would look at the lines I put in red underline, and think they were taking crazy pills? Now if you click the article, you can see that the writer’s problem was the “many sides” stuff. And yet, that statement is obviously correct, as this new CNN (!) story on antifa clearly proves. On

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We all know at some level that people suffer from confirmation bias, that they see what they want to see, etc. But lately this phenomenon has gotten so extreme, it’s amazing to behold.

Look at this screenshot from a recent CNN article, talking about Trump’s initial reaction to the tragic events in Charlottesville:

Helping People to Understand Why Some Are Talking About a “Bubble” or “Hypnosis”

I’m not even asking whether you agree with the CNN writer’s position. All I’m asking is: Can you understand how millions of Americans–say, the people who voted for Trump–would look at the lines I put in red underline, and think they were taking crazy pills?

Now if you click the article, you can see that the writer’s problem was the “many sides” stuff. And yet, that statement is obviously correct, as this new CNN (!) story on antifa clearly proves.

On Facebook I’ve heard people say, “Well, the problem is that Trump said antifa was just as violent and bad as the history of white supremacists.” I don’t think I heard Trump ever say that, but I’m open to it. Can someone provide a link in the comments?

Last one: I’ve seen memes showing D-Day and comparing that to Trump’s remarks. Well, OK, but if the German troops had first gotten a permit (not under duress) from the French government to march into their cities, then it would be more analogous.

I would offer my normal disclaimer about not liking Trump etc., but I think that’s superfluous at this point, given the screenshot above. You are either going to read what I wrote, or you are going to see through to what I “really mean” by my words.

Robert Murphy
Christian, Austrian economist, and libertarian theorist. Research Prof at Texas Tech and author of *Choice*. Paul Krugman's worst nightmare.

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