Tag Archives: political psychology

Why We Cannot Trust Political Pundits, or Ourselves

Take a look at the image below and decide what you are seeing: Some of you might have seen a “B.” Others might have seen the number 13. The image, after all, is ambiguous. For that reason, in fact, it … Continue reading

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Cass Sunstein Takes on the Death Panel Myth

I wrote a while back about some research I conducted with Jason Reifler and Brendan Nyhan on how fact checking influences people’s belief in whether Obamacare created death panels, to decide which old or disabled peoples to kill.  Yesterday, Cass … Continue reading

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The Ideal President: Someone Who Isn't Running for Office?

In 1895, Teddy Roosevelt was asked if he was hoping some day to be President.  He flew off in a rage.  Part of his rant is revealing, and might have helped Mitt Romney if he’d come across this quote earlier … Continue reading

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My Take on Persistence of the Death Panel Myth

Here is a video illustrating my take on why so many people still believe Obamacare includes a death panel, and why I think this kind of misguided believing is not a Republican thing, nor a Democratic thing, but…a HUMAN thing.

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Why It Is So Difficult to Kill the Death Panel Myth

In August of 2009, Sarah Palin claimed that the health legislation being crafted by Democrats at the time would create a “death panel,” in which government bureaucrats would decide whether disabled and elderly patients are “worthy of healthcare.” Despite being … Continue reading

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