Having A Political Bias Is Smart & Normal
4 Tips to Decipher The News You Hear
If you have not noticed — conservatives in America and abroad are treated stunningly unfair. They are targets for boycott, bullying, ridicule, virtue shaming, censorship, prosecution, violence, and if opponents knew they could get away with it — possibly even death.
In light of all the virtue signaling and talk about “bias” around the release of today’s Inspector General report on the FBI and DOJ’s handling of the Hillary/Trump/Russia investigations, I felt it was fitting to share what I wrote a few weeks ago about bias to help us formulate sound opinions.
Now before I share my tips and opinion, (if it were not already obvious from my opening statement), I must first clearly disclose that I am conservative in my political views. It is my hope that you will appreciate this front-end disclosure as you continue reading.
The Marketplace of Ideas
The cure for a bad idea is a better idea. But, how can idea connoisseurs detect a bad idea — particularly in the current political marketplace — when there is nothing on which to compare it?
A society that really values freedom of thought and speech, demands that ideas show up in the marketplace ready to compete.
That is, they must manifest their sustainable value so idea consumers can make well-informed decisions on which idea they find most worthy of adoption so as to, consequently, improve their lives.
The business marketplace around the world understands this. It lives or dies by this principle everyday.
Before they even think about stepping into the marketplace, they must be prepared to tell consumers exactly who they are, everything about their product or service, and why their offer is most valuable compared to other available offers.
The Political Marketplace
In the political marketplace of ideas, voters are not so demanding or vigilant. All that seems to be required for political manipulators to win the support of certain American voters is to look the part and say the things they want to hear.
We spend little to no time independently verifying what we are being told about the political ideas (and opinions) we consume.
That is, ideas that become policies, that become laws, that end up affecting every aspect of our lives and money.
Beware of Political Manipulators & Their Tactics
Today, it’s evident that people, who hold bad, shady, or weak political ideas, dominate the conversations in the cultural and political marketplace. They dominate by keeping opposing ideas marginalized with the ultimate objective of ejecting them from the marketplace — entirely.
The tactics these political manipulators, surreptitiously, use are vast. They employ fallacious reasoning, mischaracterization, omission of facts, intimidation (social bullying), demonization, lying, and when they become desperate — protest, violence, and very likely — murder.
Manipulative, untrustworthy, and exploitative people promote bad ideas disguised as morally good.
And, usually they attach their bad ideas onto some sort of support for, whomever they define as, poor, oppressed, or a minority of any society.
Political manipulators are akin to the Biblical description of Satan masquerading, undetectable, like an angel of light. Or, like the adage about one being a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
It takes an acquired taste for truth and a trained eye to spot a fraud, in order to detect the scent of such hustlers of bad ideas.
The Elephant in The Political Manipulators Room
Political manipulators must move so stealth-like because they know if the voting public were ever given an opportunity to lift the hood and kick the tires around their ideas, they would be exposed as frauds and defeated.
Such inspection would expose their ideas as weak and noncompetitive. For, the elephant in the room is that even they know that their ideas are bad and cannot compete in the arena of ideas — pound for pound.
That’s why they hold the ball so tightly and guard the court so viciously to prevent better teams from entering the game to challenge them.
People who are confident in their ideas, have facts on their side, and respect the intelligence of their audience. They do not resort to such unscrupulous tactics.
Instead of being confident enough to debate all the pros and cons of their ideas and answer reasonable objections, political manipulators resort to suspicious tactics that prove unethical at best and nefarious at worse to win over public opinion.
They specialize in manipulating — even staging events so as to show their ideological opponents in the worst possible light.
To win over unsuspecting voters who prove unaware they are being socio-psychologically manipulated into manifesting a premeditated political outcome.
And when that does not work (e.g., voters prove smarter than their calculations anticipated)? Again as stated above, political manipulators progressively move to either irrational protest, violence, or murder — at worst.
At best, they are successful in evicting opposing ideas entirely out of the marketplace. Political manipulators accomplish such using all the force of their political manipulation apparatus (i.e., academia, media, and Hollywood) to poison the well of public opinion against their better opponent.
Political Bias is Smart & Normal Examine It Often
So how do we navigate such petty political shenanigans to get down to what actually proves true when we are watching certain political news reports?How do we navigate toward truth when a sitcom, a movie, a sport event, or an award show (we expected to enjoy) offends us with their neurotic preoccupation to bow the knee to the god of social vanity and express their unsolicited political opinion on our time?
And, how should you and I respond when our personal biases are challenged by what proves true verses what we (or our race, political, or social groups) prefer to be true? That is what we want badly to be true but reality proves otherwise.
It starts with understanding the nature of bias and not being ashamed of having one.
Assuming no ill intent, it is actually smart to recognize distinctives between people and ideas — and on that basis be discriminating. You are using higher cognitive abilities and demonstrating self-love as well as love for others when you do so.
For example, parents comparing schools become discriminating (biased) in choosing the best school or tutor for their kids. In choosing a spouse, friend, business partner, restaurant, etc. we discriminate. That is drawing reasonable and harmless conclusions based on facts at our disposal and what we desire most (i.e., our bias or preference).
Consider and remember that when consuming political information. The problem isn’t that anyone is biased in life, news, or politics.
Everyone one is biased.
It is intellectually dishonest to claim we are not. We are consuming someone’s bias every day for our benefit or to our detriment.
The million dollar question to help us decide what’s actually trustworthy is…
What are our biases and the ones we consume based upon?
Do our sources have enough integrity to disclose or suspend their biases when necessary?
4 Tips to Help Us Decipher Truth in The News
Tip #1: Examine your political bias. Practice asking what your biases (and the ones we consume) are based upon. Are they based on truth or what we or our egos prefer to be true?
Tip #2: Determine if you are a group thinker or not. Ask if your opinions (i.e., biases) are a result of participating in the social vanity of political correctness? Are you emotionally group thinking with your race, your religion, your political party or your social peers?
Note biases based upon truth are always good. They never hurt anyone. They actually stand to benefit everyone.
Tip # 3: Recognize trustworthy news sources and how bias becomes a problem. Bias becomes a problem when:
- influential people form and spread bias based upon an ignorant or deceptive interpretation or omission of facts
- influential people form and spread bias based upon limited information due to their existing in some social echo chamber that lacks ideological diversity
- influential people share information without disclosing their bias to you
For, all of the above are characteristics of propaganda.
TIP #4: Cultivate a love for truth. In order to become intellectually honest people/voters able to recognize and champion people with good ideas (whether we like them or their style, personally, or not) we must become lovers of truth. Love for truth trumps personal bias. If our personal biases happen to align with what already proves true, then our opinions are affirmed and vice versa.
People who are trustworthy usually disclose their biases. They tell you exactly what they believe, why they believe it, and why it makes sense for you to adopt their ideas. Then they move out of the way to let you make up your own mind.
They don’t pretend to be neutral while their rhetoric and action expose the strong opinion (bias) they actually possess.
Lastly, they don’t try to guilt you to manipulate your emotions or manipulate the facts or events to get you to believe their interpretation of certain people and events.
Political manipulators know the power of media, entertainment and academia as cultural influencers. This is why you see the most vicious of political manipulators dominating these three arenas. They represent bias distribution centers for left-leaning ideas.
Due to decades of cultural dominance over public political opinion, they prove experts at socio-psychological manipulation. They are masters of the power of suggestion. In other words and in my observation, they are master marketers of bad ideas.
And, they are counting on you and me to be too busy, too tired, or too unsuspecting to notice current political tacticians so as to question and fact check them.
In steps me. That’s why I’m writing this.
My only objective and hope in doing so is to have a voter who traditionally votes Democrat and have few to no pleasant relationships with conservatives or thinks very censoriously about conservatives, feel something like,
“Ummmm. I think this conservative lady is on to something. I don’t detect deception in any point she made. Conservatives may not be all what I’ve been conditioned to believe them to be. Let me examine the root of my biases.”
If that is your impression and action item from reading this, then I’ve been successful.