Yep. On both sides of the political spectrum, you’ve got journalists and writers being a whole lot less skeptical of stories they agree with than those they don’t, to the point of many controversies only existing because of this obsession to paint a picture or narrative.

If you need more good examples of poorly researched articles being shared by people who merely wanted to confirm their own biases, you’ve also got the Adam Saleh case as well. There, you had a ton of sites running articles about how he was ‘kicked off a plane for speaking Arabic’, and their audiences sharing them as an example of how ‘anti Islamic America had become after Trump’s campaign’.

Yet if you’d looked into the story a bit more (and asked the cabin crew and passengers for their accounts of the incident) you’d have realised he was actually a prankster who had a history of making controversial troll videos on YouTube and was actually thrown off the plane for being disruptive to other passengers.

Other examples of this include a story of a girl ‘banned from playing football for looking like a boy’ (actually an administrative error) and one of a transgender eSports team ‘banned from a female gamers tournament’ (this was an outright hoax by a group of internet trolls).

None of these stories were well researched or particularly credible, yet people shared them without a hint of irony because they supported their preconceptions about bigotry in today’s day and age.

No one wanted to question their own side’s news in case the truth turned out to be more complex than they wanted it to be.

Gamer, writer and journalist working on Gaming Reinvented.

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