Comfirmatory Bias and the Media

Stefano DellaVigna and Ethan Kaplan of UC Berkeley have released a paper looking at media bias and its effect on voter behavior. Interestingly enough, the economists show that the Fox News Channel has had little effect on the voting preferences of the viewing population. Chalk one up to the mind being sophisticated enough to rule out media biases and that we tend to filter out everything except what we want to hear.

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