Repeat the following aloud, to yourself...
Good.I'm a good person. I'm kind to small animals. Sometimes i hold the door open for other people.
You have just been "inoculated against bias". You are now in a better state of mind to read & discuss the following.
When pollsters ask Republicans and Democrats whether the president can do anything about high gas prices, the answers reflect the usual partisan divisions in the country. About two-thirds of Republicans say the president can do something about high gas prices, and about two-thirds of Democrats say he can't.
But six years ago, with a Republican president in the White House, the numbers were reversed: Three-fourths of Democrats said President Bush could do something about high gas prices, while the majority of Republicans said gas prices were clearly outside the president's control.
The flipped perceptions on gas prices isn't an aberration, said Dartmouth College political scientist Brendan Nyhan. On a range of issues, partisans seem partial to their political loyalties over the facts. When those loyalties demand changing their views of the facts, he said, partisans seem willing to throw even consistency overboard.
Note the difference between 2006 & 2012.
Nyhan also contrasted the outrage in 2004 among Democrats who felt that Bush was politicizing the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks for political gain, and the outrage today among Republicans who feel the Obama re-election campaign is exploiting the killing of Osama bin Laden.
"The whole political landscape has flipped," Nyhan said.
We all figured this already. The real question the NPR story asks is why...
So basically, your brain has difficulty maintaining the notions that "Bush was an ok guy and didnt afraid of anything" and the fact that "he destroyed the nation" simultaneously. Your overly emotional, fragile Republican mind pushes the logic out & focuses on the emotional anchor. The same way it has issues reconciling the fact of Obama's being the greatest US president & the concept that it dislikes dark people.Along with Jason Reifler at Georgia State University, Nyhan said, he's exploring the possibility that partisans reject facts because they produce cognitive dissonance — the psychological experience of having to hold inconsistent ideas in one's head.
Fact vs Emotion.
Of course this is all from the hyperbolic, lamestream mediatards at NPR & the research is done by arugula eating, liberal, elitest, brain washing college snobs. So its probably all wrong anyway.
You can listen & or read the NPR story here.