A lot of us do this, but why? No one knows for sure, but there are a few potential explanations. One is that hate-reading simply makes us feel good by offering up an endless succession of “the emperor has no clothes” moments with regard to our political adversaries. In this view, we specifically seek out the anti-wisdom of whoever appears dumbest and most hateful as a means of bolstering our own sense of righteousness. “If the commentary is dumb enough, it may actually have a boomerang effect in that it reassures us that our opponents aren’t very smart or accurate,” said Mary McNaughton-Cassill, a media psychologist at the University of Texas San Antonio.
“It’s definitely a safer way to encounter ideas you disagree with politically than talking with people you disagree with,” she said, “which is something we know that in the United States we avoid at nearly all cost. People don’t like to talk about politics with people they disagree with.” That’s something her research has shown pretty consistently: For all the loudness of our discourse, for all the talk about debate and discussion (albeit of a less inclusive sort than we, the loudest, would like to think), many Americans simply don’t want to actually talk politics with those with whom they disagree, partially out of a fear of being made to look uninformed. So for those who aren’t mouthy, opinionated pundits, hate-reading allows for a useful sort of half-engagement: You can yell back at the radio, but the radio can’t hear you.
You love hate-reading. It’s safe and addictive and easy. You’re always right when you hate-read.
Also terrible: the student loan racket and for-profit colleges, highly-profitable athletic organizations systematically ignoring crimes against women/children, obstructionism as a political ideology, money in politics, money in general. Lots of terrible things out there. You know, FYI.