FROM Brendan Nyhan
'Fake news' with a liberal perspective Far-Right media sites are often accused of circulating fake news… and Donald Trump began his campaign for the White House by circulating the lie that Barack Obama was not a born American citizen. From the mainstream media, you'd think that Conservatives were the only Americans vulnerable to beliefs not based on evidence. Well, it works both ways. Liberals are also vulnerable to misinformation — especially after they've lost elections. That's according to Brendan Nyhan, a professor of government at Dartmouth College and contributor to The Upshot art the New York Times.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?