A Facebook friend shared this headline yesterday: “WHITE HOUSE GIFT SHOPCORONAVIRUS COLLECTOR’S ITEM …Commemorative Coins?!?”
The headline was taken from an article by TMZ news. But the same general topic was covered by a number of sensationalist Left Wing news outlets. The strong implication and what elicited outrage for many, was that THE WHITE HOUSE was selling distasteful commemorative $100 coins. Well, yes The White House (non caps) WAS selling the coins…but they are a privately owned gift shop across the street from THE WHITE HOUSE! The post and other like it of course have quickly gone viral on social media and, yes, a lot of liberals immediately jumped on it.
It proves that it is human nature to practice bias confirmation when presented with unverified information. It is not only a conservative response, but also affects people regardless of political or religious affiliations. Thankfully, there are unbiased sources that can be turned to fact check. It took me less than a minute to find out that the actual Trump administration was not selling these coins, proving again that the average person would rather accept information that confirms their biases than take the time to check if it is factual or not.
The greatest danger to Americans being informed is not the proliferation of “fake news” but the acceptance of half truths as full truth.