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Subject: Why some Obamians cancelled Bartcop

Hi Bart,

This seems to relate to why you are getting cancellations and slanders over how you are "sliming" Obama. 
Even a hint of criticism will send the true believer off the deep end.   Really sad.

The Thin Skin of Apple Fans 
 by Dan Mitchell 

In his new book, "True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society," Farhad Manjoo, 
a writer for Salon, argues that "new communications technologies are loosening the culture's grip 
on what people once called 'objective reality.' " 

In an excerpt posted this week, he looks at an area where facts often become particularly slippery, 
specifically perceived bias in the news media against, of all things, a technology company: Apple.

"Last year," Mr. Manjoo writes, "I praised the iPhone in something of the way Romeo praised Juliet: 
The device, I said, is revolutionary - 'it marks a new way of life. One day we'll all have iPhones, 
or things that aim to do what this first one does, and your life will be better for it.' "

But because he mentioned that the phone was a bit pricey, "several readers alleged 
that I was an Apple-hater." One wrote him to ask, "Does Salon actually pay you or 
are you being paid under the table by rival companies?"

Anybody who has ever written about Apple products will tell the same story - introducing even a hint 
of negativity into a review or article will bring down the wrath of Apple's most fanatical fans.

What explains this? 
Mr. Manjoo cites a study (a pdf is available here) by Robert P. Vallone, Lee Ross and Mark R. Lepper, 
psychologists at Stanford in 1985. That study measured perceptions of media bias relating to the 
Israeli-Palestinian conflict. People who held strong opinions on the conflict going in were more apt 
to perceive bias in news accounts. Pro-Palestinian subjects saw a pro-Israel bias, and vice versa.

When "a reporter, editor, news network, or pundit mentions the other side's arguments, it stings," 
Mr. Manjoo writes. "Psychologists call this the 'hostile media phenomenon,' and it goes far in 
explaining how both Apple and PC folks can see the opposite bias in the same news story." 

I guess some Obama fans (if there are any left at this point) might read this and go crazy and unsubscribe, 
but I'm getting damn tired of tip-toeing around on my own page. Good thing we're almost at the end of this war, eh?

Decision:  I'm not going to make it all the way to Pennsylvania.

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