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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Conservatives are more tolerant

commentary on a new study:
Appearing on Fox News' O'Reilly Factor, liberal columnist and Fox News contributor Kirsten Powers discussed a George Washington University study showing that liberals on the internet are less tolerant than conservatives. Powers said that part of the reason is that liberals are unsettled by opposing points of view because they're used to running the so-called "mainstream media."

"I always knew that liberal people were more sensitive, more sensitive to criticism, more sensitive to disagreement, and according to the study, 22 percent of liberals have ended digital relationships, whatever they are, because somebody disagreed with them politically," O'Reilly said. "For conservatives the number is 15 percent. And you say?"

Powers responded by telling O'Reilly that the study "jibes" with her real-life experience, "especially," she added, "as I came into more contact with conservatives as I got older because I used to really live very much in a Democratic bubble when I worked in politics."

"I did find that they were much more open to sort of hearing other viewpoints, where I think liberals because they are so used to controlling all the media pretty much, academia, that for them when they hear things that don't jibe with what they want to hear, it's very disconcerting and unsettling to them. And it doesn't surprise me that they’re really less interested, whereas conservatives are kind of used to it. They’ve lived in a world where pretty much, you know, the whole media has been sort of liberal," she explained.

"So they’re used to the joust more than the liberals are?" O'Reilly asked.

"Yeah," Powers said. "I think they don’t, they just have a sort of, they just sort of expect it, where the liberals are sort of taken aback because they feel like, 'What are you talking about? Everybody knows that what I think is right and nobody thinks differently.'”

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