Brendan Nyhan

Fake News and Bots May Be Worrisome, but Their Political Power Is Overblown

[Commentary] How easy is it to change people’s votes in an election? The answer, a growing number of studies conclude, is that most forms of political persuasion seem to have little effect at all.

Poynter Research: Americans are more trusting of the media in 2017—but there’s a catch

In this first year in the Age Of Trump, favorable public opinion about the news media has gone up. According to a new report from Poynter, 49% of the public has at least a “fair amount” of trust and confidence in the U.S.

Relatively Few People Are Partisan News Consumers, but They’re Influential

[Commentary] Anyone who has followed this election carefully would be forgiven for thinking that voters have diverged into two separate realities.