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What's the name of the thing where someone decides what outcome they want then manipulates the evidence to make it reach the desired outcome?

Example: Someone is accused of something but there's no evidence. The plaintiff's lawyer exaggerates certain details to make the crime sound more likely to a jury than it was.

Example: The dairy industry setting out to prove dairy is good for you and can't cause cancer then surprisingly funds research that concludes exactly that.

Does this psychology ploy have a name?
 

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Uhm...

Making things fit.
Twisting truth..
Deception..
Lying..
Distortion..
Tampering..
Evasion..

Maybe actually what you said yourself would fit best.. "Manipulation"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_manipulation

The one about the Dairy could be.. media manipulation?.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manipulation

OR this!. Lying by omission.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lie#Lying_by_omission



There is a Bias on this list.. but doesn't fit entirely..
Observer-expectancy effect - When a researcher expects a given result and therefore unconsciously manipulates an experiment or misinterprets data in order to find it

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cognitive_biases
 

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Uhm...

Making things fit.
Twisting truth..
Deception..
Lying..
Distortion..
Tampering..
Evasion..

Maybe actually what you said yourself would fit best.. "Manipulation"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_manipulation

The one about the Dairy could be.. media manipulation?.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manipulation

OR this!. Lying by omission.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lie#Lying_by_omission



There is a Bias on this list.. but doesn't fit entirely..
Observer-expectancy effect - When a researcher expects a given result and therefore unconsciously manipulates an experiment or misinterprets data in order to find it

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cognitive_biases
Thanks for leading me to the right answer:

Confirmation bias

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confirmation_bias?wprov=sfla1
 
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