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We published two new reports today at Bright Line Watch: -Wave 7 Report - new expert and public ratings of the state of U.S. democracy in October 2018 -Party, policy, democracy and candidate choice in U.S. elections - a new... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Brendan Nyhan
From my new column: Intweets and campaign rallies in recent days, President Trump has returned to his signature cause of immigration, inveighing against drug traffickers and a caravan of immigrants. Trump’s strategy makes perfect sense politically. He hopes to prod... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2018 at Brendan Nyhan
From my new Monkey Cage post on the potential consequences of Brett Kavanaugh's nomination for public attitudes toward the Supreme Court: Could Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination undermine the public standing of the Supreme Court? Observers such as the Atlantic’s Ron Brownstein... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2018 at Brendan Nyhan
My 2017 essay for Document Journal on information overload is now online: Critics of democracy have long lamented that people know too little about politics, but today we have more news and information available to us than at any moment... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2018 at Brendan Nyhan
The key results from our July expert and public surveys: American democracy is continuing to erode. Our expert respondents perceive a consistent, ongoing decline in the overall quality of American democracy from 2015 (assessed retrospectively) to our first expert survey... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2018 at Brendan Nyhan
From a new Knight Foundation report co-authored with Andrew Guess, Benjamin Lyons, and Jason Reifler: Is the expansion of media choice good for democracy? Not according to critics who decry "echo chambers," "filter bubbles," and "information cocoons" — the highly... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2018 at Brendan Nyhan
From my new Upshot column: How easy is it to change people’s votes in an election? The answer, a growing number of studies conclude, is that most forms of political persuasion seem to have little effect at all. This conclusion... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2018 at Brendan Nyhan
My new research on fake news consumption with Andrew Guess and Jason Reifler: Selective Exposure to Misinformation: Evidence from the consumption of fake news during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign Though some warnings about online “echo chambers” have been hyperbolic,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2018 at Brendan Nyhan
From a new report released yesterday (co-authored with Andy Guess and Jason Reifler): During the Trump presidency, the United States has witnessed unprecedented attacks on the press from the highest office in the land. It is essential to understand how... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2017 at Brendan Nyhan
From my new Monkey Cage post (co-authored with Yusaku Horiuchi): State-sponsored propaganda like the recently unmasked @TEN_GOP Twitter account is of very real concern for our democracy. But we should not allow the debate over Russian interference to crowd out... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at Brendan Nyhan
From my new Upshot column: Since the 2016 presidential campaign, Facebook has taken a number of actions to prevent the continued distribution of false news articles on its platform, most notably by labeling articles rated as false or misleading by... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2017 at Brendan Nyhan
The results of our third survey of the state of American democracy are out: Given widespread concern about the possible erosion of democracy in the United States, Bright Line Watch has conducted expert surveys since early 2017 asking thousands of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at Brendan Nyhan
From my new Upshot column (co-authored with Kyle Dropp): More than three million Americans in Puerto Rico are struggling to meet basic needs after a devastating strike from Hurricane Maria, but their plight seems to be attracting far less public... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at Brendan Nyhan
From my new article in the ideas issue of Politico Magazine: The calls for Donald Trump to release his tax returns began early during the campaign and never really let up. It was easy to assume he eventually would make... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2017 at Brendan Nyhan
I'm interviewed by Carlos Maza of Vox in this video about the difficulty of correcting Donald Trump's misinformation. Here's the text introduction: President Donald Trump made roughly 500 false statements in the first 200 days of his presidency, according to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2017 at Brendan Nyhan
My new interview with Brooke Gladstone of On the Media about my new research into the effects of corrective information and the role of doubt in science (MP3): Once people have a misconception about the news, it can be extremely... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2017 at Brendan Nyhan
My new interview with Virginia Heffernan on Slate's Trumpcast (MP3): Virginia Heffernan talks to Brendan Nyhan, a professor of government at Dartmouth, about the president’s many lies, including those in the New York Times interview with Maggie Haberman, Peter Baker,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2017 at Brendan Nyhan
From my new Upshot column: Donald J. Trump’s approval ratings are the lowest at this stage of a presidency since modern polling began in the mid-20th century. But his party’s base still appears highly supportive, which has discouraged Republicans in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at Brendan Nyhan
At Bright Line Watch, we have released the results of our second expert survey on the state of American democracy. Here is coverage at The Upshot by Claire Cain Miller and Kevin Quealy (where I am a contributor): American democracy... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at Brendan Nyhan
My new interview with New Hampshire Public Radio's Rick Ganley about the spread of liberal conspiracy theories during the Trump administration (MP3): Many of these conspiracy theories or fake news stories have to do with Trump and his campaign’s connections... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2017 at Brendan Nyhan
From my new Upshot column: Before the recent March for Science, scholars and journalists debated the likely effect of the protest: Would it defend science against politicization or unnecessarily polarize the public on the value of the scientific enterprise? Some... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2017 at Brendan Nyhan
My new interview with Vermont Public Radio's Mitch Wertlieb on the state of democratic norms in the United States (MP3): Have your concerns about an erosion of political norms been eased, or have they increased? “I would say there's good... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2017 at Brendan Nyhan
A segment in which I'm interviewed from CNN's The Lead with Jake Tapper: Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at Brendan Nyhan
From my new Upshot column (co-authored with Amanda Taub): “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts,” goes the saying — one that now seems like a relic of simpler times. Today, President Trump is sticking... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2017 at Brendan Nyhan
The Bright Line Watch initiative that I am co-organizing with John Carey (Dartmouth), Gretchen Helmke (Rochester), and Susan Stokes (Yale) has released its first expert survey results on the state of American democracy: Despite an atmosphere of pessimism or panic... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2017 at Brendan Nyhan