Brendan Nyhan

Thomas Friedman’s Law of Cliché Recycling

It’s not Sunday without the comic stylings of New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, who drew a bizarre analogy yesterday between Moore’s law and the effect of social networking sites on political leadership: In 1965, Gordon Moore, the Intel co-founder, posited Moore’s Law, which stipulated that the processing power that could be placed on a… Read more »

New America Report on Countering Misperceptions

Earlier this week, the New America Foundation Media Policy Initiative released a report (PDF) that I co-authored with Jason Reifler titled “Misinformation and Fact-checking: Research Findings from Social Science.” The report reviews academic research on misperceptions and makes recommendations for how to most effectively correct them. Reifler and I summarize the report and our recommendations… Read more »

The Attack on Election Forecasting Straw Men

In recent days, journalists, bloggers, and commentators have reared up to bash a fictitious conventional wisdom about election forecasting. The premise for many of these statements is that political scientists believe that campaigns and other non-economic factors don’t matter in presidential elections. For instance, The Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky describes “the political-science theory of presidential… Read more »