Brendan Nyhan

David Gergen Calls for More David Gergens

David Gergen is the prototypical Washington wise man, an experienced operative who has served under four presidents and was famously brought into the Clinton White House to provide more experienced leadership. When he’s not working in the White House, though, he often makes the rounds as a pundit – and you’ll never guess how he… Read more »

Why Obama Is in Trouble on IRS and Benghazi

After a largely scandal-free first term, President Obama appears likely to spend a lot more time mired in the politics of scandal after last week’s Benghazi hearings and Friday’s revelation of alleged political targeting at the IRS. My research suggests that the structural conditions are strongly favorable for a major media scandal to emerge. First,… Read more »

Knowledge Does not Guard Against Conspiracy Theories

When the September jobs report showed that unemployment had dropped to an unexpectedly low 7.8%, former General Electric CEO Jack Welch helped launch a new conspiracy theory when he tweeted: “Unbelievable jobs numbers..these Chicago guys will do anything..can’t debate so change numbers.” Even though the unemployment statistics are produced by the respected and politically insulated… Read more »

Understanding the “Romney Won Big!” Narrative

As promised, I watched the debate last night without looking at Twitter, reading live blogs, reading emails, etc. Here’s what I saw: Unspun view of the debate – sticking by my pre-debate take: these are skilled pols who didn’t get here by accident. I saw nothing that would change race dynamic. As in most aspects… Read more »

The Continuing Relevance of the Obama Muslim Myth

GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney issued a misleading statement earlier in the week claiming that the Obama administration’s “first response” to the attacks on the US embassies in Libya and Egypt “was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks.” Romney’s claim was later echoed by… Read more »