Brendan Nyhan


Brendan Nyhan appears in the following:

The Fake News Crisis That Wasn't

Friday, January 12, 2018

A new study looks at the role of "fake news" in the weeks prior to the 2016 election, and the results are not as dire as previously assumed.

Walking Back the Backfire Effect

Friday, July 21, 2017

Social scientist Brendan Nyhan re-evaluates some long-held beliefs about the power of fact-checking, and what it means about how people change their minds.

The Mechanism of Blind Belief

Friday, July 08, 2016

Why people believe what they want to believe, despite the facts. 

The Media's Third Party Delusion

Friday, May 06, 2016

Could the year that has seen the success of candidates like Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders be the moment for a third party centrist? Probably not! But the media sure wish so.

The Mechanism of Blind Belief

Friday, December 04, 2015

Why people believe what they want to believe, despite the facts. 

Compromise in a Polarized Political World

Friday, October 04, 2013

Political scientist Brendan Nyhan says the roots of the shutdown aren’t so much in a failure of leadership from John Boehner or Harry Reid or President Obama. Rather, he tells Bob, all three men are at the mercy of an increasingly polarized political landscape that makes compromise extremely difficult.

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The Three-Headed Scandal Monster

Friday, May 24, 2013

Brooke takes a look at the three scandals that have dominated the news cycle for the past couple weeks: the IRS targeting conservative political groups, the DOJ looking through the phone records and email of reporters, and the attack on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi.

Anton Karas - The Third Man Theme

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Why The Tornado News Didn't Derail Scandal Coverage This Week

Friday, May 24, 2013

The Oklahoma tornado pressed pause on coverage of the scandal blitz, but only briefly. Blogger Andrew Tyndall of the Tyndall Report found that the tornado filled 91% of the three network evening news hole on Monday, and all of it on Tuesday. But by Wednesday, Tornado coverage dropped to just a third, and scandal crept back in. Brooke talks to political scientist Brendan Nyhan about what it takes for a natural disaster to overwhelm scandal coverage. 

Yo La Tengo - Our Way To Fall

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The Fight Over Bain Capital

Friday, July 13, 2012

This week saw both news organizations and the Romney presidential campaign arguing over the veracity of claims made by the Obama administration about Romney's tenure at Bain Capital, the financial services company Romney co-founded. Political scientist and media critic Brendan Nyhan says that part of the problem is that the media has fallen down on the job in properly reporting this story.

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Forecasting Political Scandals

Friday, April 13, 2012

Brendan Nyhan is a Dartmouth political scientist who studies why scandals break when they do. According to Nyhan, before this month's GSA fiasco, President Obama had the longest streak of scandal-free coverage of any President in recent history. Nyhan tells Bob that according to his theory, we can expect the coming months to be full of scandal coverage.

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New Hampshire Primary Preview

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

As Republican primary voters in the Granite State head to the polls today, Brendan Nyhan, Assistant Professor of Government at Dartmouth College, describes the last few days of campaigning, this weekend’s debates, and what we can expect tonight.

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