Why the "Death Panel" Myth Wouldn't Die: Misinformation in the Health Care Reform Debate

  title={Why the "Death Panel" Myth Wouldn't Die: Misinformation in the Health Care Reform Debate},
  author={Brendan Nyhan},
  journal={The Forum},
  • B. Nyhan
  • Published 27 April 2010
  • Political Science, Sociology
  • The Forum
Both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama struggled to overcome widespread and persistent myths about their proposals to reform the American health care system. Their difficulties highlight the influence of factual misinformation in national politics and the extent to which it correlates with citizens' political views. In this essay, I explain how greater elite polarization and the growth in media choice have reinforced the partisan divide in factual beliefs. To illustrate these points, I analyze… 

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