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Brendan Nyhan

Political scientist and media critic

Last Build Date: Sat, 22 Jul 2017 10:40:44 -0400


On the Media interview on the backfire effect

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 10:40:44 -0400

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...

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Trumpcast interview on the President's dishonesty

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 10:37:34 -0400

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,...

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New NYT: Is Trump's base support exaggerated?

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 10:00:55 -0400

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...

New Bright Line Watch survey results

Thu, 25 May 2017 22:36:37 -0400

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...

NHPR interview on liberal conspiracy theories

Wed, 24 May 2017 17:13:43 -0400

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...

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New NYT: How marching for science risks politicizing it

Tue, 02 May 2017 09:35:16 -0400

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...

VPR interview on democratic norms after first 100 days

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 14:17:38 -0400

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...

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New CNN: Conspiracy theories transcend political party

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 22:24:26 -0400

A segment in which I'm interviewed from CNN's The Lead with Jake Tapper:

New NYT: Why false claims continue to be believed

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:41:10 -0400

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...

Bright Line Watch expert survey on U.S. democracy

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:29:26 -0500

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...

New NYT: Why Dems are embracing conspiracy theories

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:29:23 -0500

From my new Upshot column: Even as Democrats decry the false claims streaming regularly from the White House, they appear to have become more vulnerable to unsupported claims and conspiracy theories that flatter their own political prejudices. The reason isn’t...

New NYT: The Obamacare/ACA confusion

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 12:38:54 -0500

From my new Upshot column (co-authored with Kyle Dropp): A sizable minority of Americans don’t understand that Obamacare is just another name for the Affordable Care Act. These findings, from a poll by Morning Consult, illustrate the extent of public...

New NYT: The GOP's incentive to stick with Trump

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 15:55:10 -0500

From my new Upshot column (co-authored with Kyle Dropp): Despite the growing protests against President Trump’s executive action on refugees and other people from seven predominantly Muslim countries, relatively few members of his party have spoken out against the policy...

VPR interview on Trump damaging democratic norms

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:19:31 -0500

My new interview with Vermont Public Radio's Mitch Wertlieb (MP3): Donald J. Trump will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States on Friday. A Dartmouth professor has been arguing that Trump's candidacy and presidential campaign have...

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The state of American democracy

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 16:28:06 -0500

My Inauguration Day Twitter essay: The state of American democracy