This next quote is extraordinarily relevant to this site. This whole blog is about reinforcing beliefs already held by the staff here at NobodyisFlyingthePlane.
That’s not to say that our editorial team isn’t open to new ideas and can’t see other points of view. It means that we come across volumes of stories, articles, opinions, and essays which reinforce our opinion and need to be shared. If more people could just see what we see and make the connections between things that we make then we all might see more clearly that NobodyisFlyingthePlane.
At the same time, chances are high that your neighbors mostly agree with you and that the media you choose to consume rarely rattles your outlook. The pundits on MSNBC, the Huffington Post and the editorial page of the New York Times do a fine job of calling out the deceptions of Romney, but if you want to hear where Obama is going wrong, you might be better served on the Drudge Report, Fox News or the Wall Street Journal editorial page. “We don’t collect news to inform us. We collect news to affirm us,” explains Republican pollster Frank Luntz, who has been studying the 2012 electorate in swing-state focus groups. “It used to be that we disagreed on the solution but agreed on the problem. Now we don’t even agree on the problem.” All of this contributes to an environment in which, for some voters, unwelcome facts are simply filtered out and flushed away.