Sunday, May 6, 2018

'Collective Narcissism' drives Liberal belief in Fake News - Study

SOTT | May 4, 2018

"Exaggerated feelings of moral superiority" make liberals vulnerable to believing fake news, according to a study which looked at stories relating to Brexit and U.S. President Donald Trump.

Researchers at Nottingham Trent University found liberals and conservatives are equally likely to believe untrue news stories that correspond to their worldview and dismiss factual information that undermines it, but that their reasons for doing so differ.

While right-wingers "followed their gut instinct" in order to judge the veracity of news, high levels of "collective narcissism" - strong belief in the righteousness of their ideology and of others who share it - affected how liberals respond to stories.

Examining the concept of "fake news", Dr. Craig Harper and Professor Thom Baguley carried out three studies to look at people's responses to true and invented news articles relating to Trump and Brexit.

After asking 722 Americans to read a positive or negative invented story about either the U.S. President or his predecessor Barack Obama, the researchers found that while participants were quite good at recognising an article was fake, they still rated the story that was favourable to their ideology as having more truth than the one that contradicted it.

The second study, which saw 570 UK residents split into 'Leave' and 'Remain' voters read one pro-Brexit story and one which was opposed to the EU referendum outcome, revealed participants tended to be much more sceptical about the article that went against their worldview.

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