The term “confirmation bias” is thrown around from time to time on the news. Most of us have a general understanding of the term. Self-examination may be beneficial for some of our readers on the left and right. First a brief definition from the Wikipedia article on the subject:
Confirmation bias is the tendency to search for, interpret, favor, and recall information in a way that affirms one’s prior beliefs or hypotheses. 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 desired outcomes, for emotionally charged issues, and for deeply-entrenched beliefs.
Everyone reading this post is guilty of confirmation bias, including this author. It doesn’t matter what your education level is. Confirmation bias exists in all disciplines like science, philosophy, physical and mental health, history and etc. Emotionally charged subjects like religion, politics & law and social issues make it easy to spot confirmation biases. Social Media is filled with it and makes it easier for people to associate with like-minded characters with the same biases. There is no better example, at the current time than the picture of Speaker Pelosi pointing at President Trump. Those who support the President see it as Nancy unhinged and disrespectful. Those who support the left see it as Nancy “owning” the President.
The left takes it a step further by trying to read into the body language of those sitting to the right of President Trump. They say those to the right of Trump are hanging their heads in shame. If you view it from the other point of view they could just as easily be reading or contemplating what to have to eat after the meeting and so on. It is a ripe photo for generating all kinds of memes. Put a bubble caption over various heads and you can have all sorts of fun with it. We now know they were simply reading a letter that President Trump had sent to President Erdoğan and that Nancy Pelosi refused to read it.
Vets for Trump does not seek to win the left and progressives. We do hope to reach those who are Independents and able to reason objectively. Admittedly, we have our bias in support of the President, hence the name Vets for Trump and not Vets against Trump. That does not mean the points made on this website/blog are invalid. We called out President Trump when he lied to American troops about pay raises. At the same time, we praised his work on the Mission Act and military pay via tax cuts in our answer to the NY Daily News.
If you have never seen the video montages of President Obama and other high profile Democrats saying the exact same thing as President Trump you should. You are encouraged to share them with your moderate and independent friends. The one below really drives home the point of how confirmation bias would have some believe that Trump and Obama along with prominent Democrats differed. The truth is they all agreed until Trump won.
“ ‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’