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If Donald Trump is guilty of bias, so are his critics

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 11 July, 2018, 9:00pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 11 July, 2018, 9:00pm

David Dodwell writes about Trump’s manipulation of bias (“Going with the bias”, July 7). Ironically, Dodwell appears oblivious to his own bias.

He quotes Daniel Kahneman: “We can be blind to the obvious, and we are also blind to our blindness.” And so it is that Dodwell is blind to his own blindness.

Consider the media he quotes: the Financial Times, The Washington Post, the Scientific American. Each is left of centre and avowedly anti-Trump. Nothing from the conservative side. That’s bias, right there. In all major democracies, the split between left and right is around 50:50. By ignoring conservative media, Dodwell ignores half of these electorates. Surely this biases his own comments on bias?

Dodwell calls Trump’s policies “venal”. President Donald Trump made his policy intentions clear in the election campaign and is now in the process of implementing them. It seems the left hates that Trump is implementing his stated policies.

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To be clear, I’m no Trump supporter and never was. I would have voted for Hillary Clinton if I were American. But I’m tired of the “Trump Derangement Syndrome”.

Moreover, Dodwell is late to the “Trump as master manipulator” trope. Scott Adams (of Dilbert fame) identified it way back in 2011 and predicted Trump’s victory in early 2016, precisely because of Trump’s manipulation skills.

Peter Forsythe, Discovery Bay