Brendan Nyhan

Is Mitt Romney the Al Gore of 2012?

The media’s coverage of Mitt Romney is showing signs of the pathologies that afflicted its coverage of Al Gore in the early stages of the 2000 presidential campaign. In 1999 and 2000, the press pummeled Gore, the presumed Democratic presidential nominee, with absurdly trivial and hostile reporting and commentary on the number of buttons on… Read more »

Please Hammer Don’t Endorse ‘Em

A friend currently living in Jacksonville reports on the latest in C-list celebrity endorsements. Apparently, MC Hammer thinks City Council candidate Kimberly Daniels is “too legit to quit” (image from mailer): I’m hoping Vanilla Ice will back a competing candidate and they can battle: [Cross-posted at]

The Wall Street Journal‘s Bogus Chart

Last week, Washington Post fact checker Glenn Kessler praised a Tax Foundation post about a misleading Wall Street Journal editorial graphic: Excellent Tax Foundation take down of misleading WSJ editorial chart. Bravo fact checking! Given my many previous critiques of bogus WSJ graphics, I was shocked to discover that a conservative group best known for… Read more »

Why Did Birther Support Drop So Much?

When President Obama released his long form birth certificate, I was skeptical about its chances of killing the myth that he was not born in this country: Will Wednesday’s release of Obama’s long-form birth certificate put an end to the birther myth? The odds aren’t good. The problem is that people can be extremely resistant… Read more »

Do Early Primary Polls Matter?

Can early primary polls tell us who is likely to win their party’s nomination for president? In a post a few months ago, I argued they provide little information: If we exclude sitting vice presidents (George H.W. Bush, Al Gore) and the vice president from the previous administration (Walter Mondale), the horse race polls [early… Read more »