selective bias.

There is a fine post at the Daily Flute contrasting different attitudes towards the trustworthiness of the Americans exhibited by the Australian government. Good stuff.

On the one hand, they are perfectly wiling to defer to the judgement of the Americans when they want to lock up an Australian citizen without trial for four years, and are wiling to see this process as fair. Alternatively, if the Americans wish to investigate a series of sanction-breaking under-the-table payments that may have allowed Australian wheat growers an advantage in securing wheat contracts, then this process is likely to be biased. Especially if it is to be conducted just before a federal election!

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