Why The Left Loves Fake News
By DAN HANNAN, Washington Examiner --
"Post-truth politics," "alternative facts," "fake news": how disdainfully the phrases drop from leftist lips. As the liberal writer Wes Williams puts it, "Right-wing media use 'alternative facts' on an almost daily basis."
To repeat, we are all subject to self-serving biases, conservatives as well as liberals. What is peculiar to the Left is the self-righteousness, the determination to sacralize every argument: "Tell that to the people lining up at a food bank!"
There are plenty of instances of "fake news" that leftists eagerly promulgate. After the Brexit referendum, for example, all sorts of bogus stories about attacks on foreigners whizzed around social media, and a ludicrous figure about a 58 percent "rise in hate crimes" assumed almost canonical force. Something similar happened following the election of Donald Trump, with at least one Muslim "victim" later admitting she had made up a story about being harassed. But try questioning these stories at the time and see what rage you bring down on yourself.
No one has a monopoly on objectivity; all human beings are subject to what psychologists call "self-serving bias." So please, liberals, take a look in the mirror before you lecture the rest of us.