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This cancels out everything Rush Limbaugh has ever said, is the point.

Conservatives may be the club of the gay-haters, the uterus police, and the militant Islamophobes, but you liberals, you are the club of intolerance. New study proves it! Former press secretary to Laura Bush and Investors’ Business Daily blowhard Andrew Malcolm has the proof: “Not exactly shocking news for those exposed to them for years, but the respected Pew Research Center has determined that political liberals are far less tolerant of opposing views than regular Americans.” And if you are not a regular American, you are not American at all. So how did Pew Research come to this all-too-predictable conclusion?

According to the survey, all of 16 percent of liberals have blocked, unfriended or hid someone who posts something they disagree with on a social networking service, while only eight percent of conservatives have. Malcolm calculates that this means liberals statistically suck 100% more of the time:

In a new study, the Pew Center for the Internet and American Life Project confirmed what most intelligent Americans had long sensed. That is, whenever they are challenged or confronted on the hollow falsity of their orthodoxy — such as, say, uniting diverse Americans — liberals tend to respond defensively with anger, even trying to shut off or silence critics.

The new research found that instead of engaging in civil discourse or debate, fully 16% of liberals admitted to blocking, unfriending or overtly hiding someone on a social networking site because that person expressed views they disagreed with. That’s double the percentage of conservatives and more than twice the percentage of political moderates who behaved like that.

Yes, why do liberals hate the sort of thoughtful, reasoned debate that is always happening on Facebook? (We’re going to go with, liberals are probably more intolerant of their conservative counterparts’ frequent crimes against spelling.)

Well, certainly Pew Research came to the same conclusion as Malcolm, in their survey conclusion, right?

We asked those whose friends post political material what they do when they disagree. Some 66% of these SNS users said they usually ignore the material they objected to and 28% said they usually respond with a comment or post of their own. And 5% said it depends on the circumstances.

Interestingly enough, there were no differences in these responses among party partisans or different ideological groups. All were equally likely to say they usually ignore the posts or respond to them.

Right, so: no. [IBD]

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