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Brendan Nyhan

Political scientist and media critic

Last Build Date: Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:29:23 -0500


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

New NYT: How Trump news overload smothers scandal

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:00:44 -0500

From my new Upshot column: The bar for scandal in the Trump administration keeps being raised. Every week brings potentially damaging developments that in other contexts could have generated weekslong controversies. With so many competing stories, however, they are frequently...

New ProPublica/VPR interviews on democratic norms

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 09:46:09 -0500

My interview with Eric Umansky on the Pro Publica podcast: See also my interview with Mitch Wertlieb on Vermont Public Radio, which can't be embedded directly (MP3).

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New Primary Concerns podcast interview

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 21:26:25 -0500

My interview with Brian Beutler of The New Republic on his Primary Concerns podcast:

New Atlantic Q&A on eroding democratic norms

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 16:59:33 -0500

An interview with Clare Foran of The Atlantic inspired by my recent tweetstorm: I think people are making the mistake of thinking that there will be a dramatic moment when they should speak out. Growing tolerance for conflicts of interest...

New NYT: How Trump could reshape the party system

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 09:17:05 -0500

From my new Upshot column: Donald J. Trump’s victory could well push the American party system toward a clash between an overwhelmingly white ethnic party and a cosmopolitan coalition of minority groups and college-educated whites. Despite the unexpected result, Mr....

New NYT: Fact-checking can change views

Sat, 05 Nov 2016 13:57:50 -0400

From my new Upshot column: A lot of time and effort has been spent correcting the falsehoods, lies, rumors and conspiracy theories promoted by politicians during this election — most notably by Donald J. Trump. Does it do any good?...

New NYT: Voters not outraged over FBI disclosure

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 14:25:54 -0400

From my new Upshot column (co-authored with Kyle Dropp): Hillary Clinton and President Obama are outraged about the F.B.I. director James Comey’s decision to disclose further inquiries into her handling of confidential email, but are the American people? Although numerous...

New NYT: Birtherism diminished but far from dead

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:18:53 -0400

From my new Upshot column (co-authored with Kyle Dropp): America’s most prominent birther has finally disavowed the myth he helped to create. Will Donald J. Trump’s concession affect the public’s belief about whether President Obama was born in the United...

New NYT: The effects of gaffes and health concerns

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 09:25:13 -0400

From my new Upshot column: Hillary Clinton undoubtedly had a tough weekend, but how much will it affect the election? On Friday night, Mrs. Clinton said half of Donald J. Trump’s supporters belonged in “the basket of deplorables” — “racist,...

New NYT: The paradox of echo chambers

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 14:05:14 -0400

From my new Upshot column: Anyone who has followed this election carefully would be forgiven for thinking that voters have diverged into two separate realities. But it’s too soon to declare that we have entered a “post-fact” apocalypse, especially when...