How a double standard works

Suppose that you mistake a satirical/fake news piece about people on the opposite political side for real, because even though it’s over the top, you’ve come to expect just about anything from the other side. Well, if this happens, it just shows how bad the other side has got; they’re so bad you’d believe something like that of them.

Now suppose that people on the opposite political side have been sharing a fake news piece about someone on your side as genuine. Now, if this happens, it obviously shows how bad the other side has got, because they’re so dumb they’re willing to believe something exaggerated like that about your side.

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