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Brendan Nyhan



Political scientist and media critic



Last Build Date: Mon, 23 Oct 2017 10:06:01 -0400

 



New Monkey Cage: A new way to fight misinformation

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 10:06:01 -0400

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...



New NYT: Facebook's fact-checking should be checked

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 10:02:38 -0400

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...



New Bright Line Watch survey results

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 09:53:10 -0400

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...



New NYT: Why Puerto Rico misperceptions matter

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 10:42:21 -0400

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...



New Politico Magazine: Why norms matter

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 10:29:57 -0400

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...



New Vox interview on Trump's misinformation

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 14:29:45 -0400

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...



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...


Media Files:
https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/audio.wnyc.org/otm/otm072117_cms781838_pod.mp3




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,...


Media Files:
http://traffic.megaphone.fm/SM7693518029.mp3




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...


Media Files:
https://cpa.ds.npr.org/nhpr/audio/2017/05/0524NYHANEDIT.mp3




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...


Media Files:
https://cpa.ds.npr.org/vpr/audio/2017/04/vpr-news-brendan-nyhan-trump-100-20170428.mp3




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...