White hat bias is a form of bias introduced by researchers into the reporting of their research.
Source of term: Good guys wear white hats.
Features of white hat bias:
(1) distortion of evidence
(2) done for self-perceived righteous ends
(3) may be motivated by zeal or righteous indignation
There may be a tendency to demonize or sanctify certain actions or behaviors, which limits objectivity and distorts perceptions.
The behavior may incorporate selective reporting, misrepresentations or inappropriate statements.
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