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From our new piece in Scientific American: Social media platforms are where billions of people around the world go to connect with others, get information and make sense of the world. These companies, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tiktok and Reddit,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2022 at Brendan Nyhan
We discuss the latest Bright Line Watch report: Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2022 at Brendan Nyhan
Democratic lawmakers were scrambling this week to salvage support for President Joe Biden's social and environmental agenda. @jdickerson discusses the drama of the majority-party's political showdown. https://t.co/B22fJVvqwJ pic.twitter.com/ul9RZKd4ft— CBS Sunday Morning 🌞 (@CBSSunday) October 3, 2021 Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2021 at Brendan Nyhan
From my new interview with On the Media: Last weekend, the Biden administration began rolling out the American Rescue Plan: the $1.9 trillion act that has been lauded as "the most significant piece of legislation passed for working families in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2021 at Brendan Nyhan
From my new piece in The Washington Post: YouTube is overshadowed by Facebook and Twitter in the debate over the harms of social media, but the site has massive reach — 3 in 4 Americans report using it. This growth... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2021 at Brendan Nyhan
From our new report: How harmful is YouTube? Critics worry that it plays an outsized role among technology platforms in exposing people to hateful or extreme ideas, while the platform claims to have substantially reduced the reach of what it... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2021 at Brendan Nyhan
New podcast from the Niskanen Center: Will Trump do lasting damage to American democratic institutions? He has repeatedly broken norms during his presidency and tried to overturn the results of the 2020 election. How much is the U.S. undergoing democratic... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2020 at Brendan Nyhan
From my new Atlantic article: This week is coming to a close with truly miraculous news: In the coming days, Americans across the country are expected to begin getting vaccinated against COVID-19, a virus that emerged just a year ago.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2020 at Brendan Nyhan
From my new piece in The Washington Post: Misinformation presents a challenge to the American political system. Unsupported claims can distort debate, deceive voters and encourage contempt for the other party. In the final days of the presidential race, for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2020 at Brendan Nyhan
From my new piece in The Washington Post: Tuesday night’s presidential debate perfectly illustrates how President Trump abuses our democratic institutions — and how feckless the media can be in the face of those violations. Since he first entered the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2020 at Brendan Nyhan
From our new UCI Law report by the Ad Hoc Committee for 2020 Election Fairness and Legitimacy (of which I am a member): Fair Elections During a Crisis: Urgent Recommendations in Law, Media, Politics, and Tech to Advance the Legitimacy... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2020 at Brendan Nyhan
From my new Foreign Affairs article with Sarah Kreps: In the desperate fight against the novel coronavirus, social media platforms have achieved an important victory: they have helped limit the dissemination of life-threatening misinformation that could worsen the pandemic. But... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2020 at Brendan Nyhan
From my new column in the Washington Post Outlook section: How do you warn your party that its potential nominee is vulnerable in a general election without sinking your own campaign? That question now confronts Democratic rivals of Bernie Sanders,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2020 at Brendan Nyhan
From my new column in the Washington Post Outlook section: With so many entrants in the Democratic primary field, many observers have wondered what billionaire Tom Steyer’s candidacy adds to the race. Here’s one answer: Steyer is a gift to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2019 at Brendan Nyhan
From our new report: Perceptions of the overall performance of American democracy remain stable among both experts and the public since we began surveying each group, but assessments on certain specific democratic principles have declined substantially, erasing perceived gains observed... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2019 at Brendan Nyhan
From my new Upshot column: The nature of the news misinformation problem may be changing. As consumers become more skeptical about the national news they encounter online, impostor local sites that promote ideological agendas are becoming more common. These sites... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Brendan Nyhan
From my new column for GEN, the new site on politics, power, and culture from Medium: The weekend’s deadly massacres in El Paso and Dayton served as a grim reminder of past inaction on gun policy. Even posting the famous... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2019 at Brendan Nyhan
From my new column for GEN, the new site on politics, power, and culture from Medium: Does Donald Trump present a threat to American democracy, or is the system restraining him? As last week’s debate over the Census citizenship question... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2019 at Brendan Nyhan
From my new column for GEN, the new site on politics, power, and culture from Medium: Do the polls really show Donald Trump is headed for big trouble in his reelection campaign? That’s what you might think from watching coverage... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2019 at Brendan Nyhan
From my new column for GEN, the new site on politics, power, and culture from Medium: Late Monday night, the Democratic leadership in the House decided to delay a vote on a spending measure that would reinstate a cost-of-living adjustment... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2019 at Brendan Nyhan
From my new column at Medium: One of Donald Trump's signature moves as president is to act as both arsonist and firefighter, taking credit for resolving pseudo-crises that he in fact initiated. The latest example came Friday, when Trump declared... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2019 at Brendan Nyhan
From my new column at Medium: The greatest danger of Donald Trump's presidency is that seemingly abnormal things become seen as normal. After more than 10,000 false or misleading claims, even the president's outrageous assertions that Democrats support the murder... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2019 at Brendan Nyhan