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Neutralizing misinformation through inoculation: false balance and the perceived consensus

When I hear the complaint that there is a problem with false balance media coverage in the climate debate, then I am always surprised. False balance meaning both sides of the debate getting equal time, so the perception is that they are both equally likely, even when this is not the case. 1,011 more words

Climate Communication

Mailbag: But Some Scientists Disagree!!!11

“A common denialist tactic to spread fear, uncertainty and doubt about some scientific model or medical discovery is to attack the scientific mainstream explanation. This is typically done by either portraying scientists and doctors as evil, denigrate the scientific community as a whole or distract from the independently converging evidence by pointing to a few scientists that might disagree either with the entire model or some minor detail. 72 more words

Debunking Denialism

Mailbag: But Some Scientists Disagree!!!11

It is time for another entry in the mailbag series where I answer feedback email from readers and others. If you want to send me a question, comment or any other kind of feedback, please do so using the… 889 more words

How Mainstream Media Contributed to the Misinformation Wars

“There is a current social battle being fought about the nature of facts and reality. Truth is under attack because of ignorance and apathy. Fake news are being spread as real events, misleading millions of people into believing things that never happened. 128 more words

Debunking Denialism

How Mainstream Media Contributed to the Misinformation Wars

There is a current social battle being fought about the nature of facts and reality. Truth is under attack because of ignorance and apathy. Fake news… 1,350 more words

We Should Seek to Be Unbiased. That Doesn’t Mean Being Neutral

The recent fake news and false balance problems may have both been products of society’s overemphasis on neutrality

The tremendous spike in fake news during the election was one of the most contentious and discussed issues of the past few weeks. 1,932 more words

Articles/Posts

Dear New York Times: A death threat is not the same as name-calling

In an article in the New York Times, Anemona Hartocollis details the emotional aftermath of the presidential election as it played out on college campuses. Those who won, it seems, have suddenly come to understand the need for “safe spaces” and are resentful of administrations, fellow students, and academics who don’t seem to hold sufficient space for their feelings of elation at winning. 652 more words