NOTE 2: DovBear posted a counter to the aforementioned post, which is also neccessary to read to truly appreciate what I am about to write.
At issue is this quote I utilized from James Taranto's Best of the Web:
This is true beyond the Ivy League, as we noted just after the 2004 election. With liberalism the dominant ideology in the news and entertainment media, it is virtually inescapable to any American who doesn't go to great lengths to insulate himself from it. Big-city liberals, by contrast, can easily filter out conservative ideas, and thus need contend only with their own prejudices. Thus conservatives are smarter than liberals--not necessarily in terms of native intelligence, but of understanding the world around them.Here's a simple test to determine whether a person generally faces people of the opposing [political] viewpoint throughout their life:
Do most liberals (let's say the ones on this blog), particularly on either coast, ever...
1) run into people who have conservative views?The answer to most of those questions is usually no. Now, let's reverse those questions:
2) have a single professor in college who not only was a conservative, but discussed politics in class?
3) read the Wall Street Journal's editorials?
4) watch FOX?
Do most conservatives (let's say the ones on this blog), particularly in the middle states, ever...
1) run into people who have liberal views?The answer to most of those questions is usually yes.
2) have a single professor in college who not only was a liberal, but discussed politics in class?
3) read the New York Times' editorials?
4) watch CNN, CBS, ABC?
And therein lies the difference.
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