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From my new column at Medium: As the political world anxiously awaits the release of Robert Mueller's report Thursday morning, much of the focus has been on what we won’t see. It's quite likely the version that's released to the... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Brendan Nyhan
From my new column at Medium: For anyone concerned about democratic norms and the rule of law, the 2016 election offered a clear lesson: Parties need to exercise more control over candidate selection. In this era of high partisanship, the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2019 at Brendan Nyhan
From my new column at Medium: Even now, more than two years after the 2016 election, the debate over the influence of social media on our political system still relies largely on scary anecdotes (Twitter's 50,000-plus impostor accounts are sowing... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2019 at Brendan Nyhan
From my new Upshot column: Social media companies face increasing scrutiny for amplifying fringe anti-vaccine sentiment amid measles outbreaks in several states like Washington. In response, Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest recently made headlines by announcing initiatives to reduce vaccine misinformation... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2019 at Brendan Nyhan
From my new column at Medium: Just as physicists spend decades seeking to resolve the seeming paradox that a photon is both a wave and a particle, observers of U.S. politics continue to struggle with the reality that Donald Trump... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2019 at Brendan Nyhan
From my new Medium column: With the 2020 presidential campaign officially underway, the worst excesses of political reporting are once again rearing their ugly heads — most notably, the media's preoccupation with candidates' authenticity, an obsession that has marred so many recent... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2019 at Brendan Nyhan
From my new column: After the shock of the 2016 presidential election, many Americans found psychological refuge in a simple explanation for why Donald Trump won: "fake news." False or misleading information published by dubious for-profit websites had spread widely... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2019 at Brendan Nyhan
From my new report with Andy Guess, Ben Lyons, Jacob Montgomery, and Jason Reifler: Concern has grown since the 2016 presidential election about the prevalence of misinformation in American politics and the ways social media has potentially exacerbated its reach... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2019 at Brendan Nyhan
From my new column co-authored with Patrick Ball: Since "fake news" rose to prominence during and after the 2016 election, the United States and countries around the world have struggled to determine how to most effectively address political misinformation. Though... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2019 at Brendan Nyhan
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 Nov 15, 2018 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