People don’t want help finding the truth? Not so fast.

"You can't correct fake news!" "People don't care!" Research findings about misinformation this week have made for somewhat depressing reading, especially if we’re too glib in our summaries. But I would urge anyone who cares about news and truth not to fall into a pit of despair, just yet. Misinformation science is still very young. Many …

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Cancer doctor Burzynski to testify today

Stanislaw Burzynski, the Houston doctor who has treated thousands of cancer patients with unproven medications, is set to take the stand to defend his medical license today. As I wrote for Newsweek recently, Burzynski is a celebrated figure in the alternative medicine world, and credited by some with saving their lives. The Texas Medical Board, however, says Burzynski …

First US Ebola case – how’s the media doing so far?

Ebola shifted from a running story to red-alert breaking news yesterday, as the first diagnosis was made in the US - and in Dallas, my home. As a local, a journalist and a researcher on misinformation, I've had many reasons to follow the developing news closely. So far I've detected few howlers. The local broadcasters, newspapers and …

Are editors applying psychology in the news room?

I'm working on developing a feature pitch regarding journalists' application of psychological research on misinformation. This piece would take one of two very different shapes. Either I find examples of such practices, and write: Story 1. How Reporters and Editors are Applying Psychology to the Newsroom ...or I find credible evidence that journalists are not …