BreakfastConstitution Hall, American University
WelcomeDavid C. Barker, American University
Session I: ConceptsModerator: David C. Barker, American University
- How widespread is misinformation and disinformation?
- How does misinformation compare to the broader phenomena of dueling fact perceptions and unjustified certainty?
- How do we clarify the distinctions between Stereotypes, Rumors, Denialism, Alternative Facts and Conspiracy Thinking?
Lies, Damn Lies, and Democracy
Robert Y. Shapiro, Columbia University
Information Disorder: Definitions and Processes
H. D., Harvard University
Stereotypes in Post-Truth Politics: Enhancing Political and Group Divisions
Donald P. Haider-Markel and Mark R. Joslyn, University of Kansas
Denialism or Conspiricism? The Causes and Consequences of Rejecting Authoritative Accounts
Joseph Uscinski, University of Miami
Selective Exposure to Misinformation: Evidence from the Consumption of Fake News During the 2016 U.S. Presidential Campaign
Andrew Guess, Princeton University, Brendan Nyhan, Dartmouth College and Jason Reifler, University of Exeter
Session II: CausesModerator: Liz Suhay, American University
- To what extent is misinformation a "top-down" vs. a "bottom up" process?
- How do values, partisanship, and group identity interact to inform motivated reasoning?
- Does the context or the type of factual dispute condition these processes?
- How is the technology/media landscape contributing?
- Is there Partisan Asymmetry?
Misinformation and the Currency of Democratic Citizenship: A Retrospective
Jennifer Jerit, Stony Brook University
The New Battlegrounds over Facts in Democracy
Cary Funk and Scott Keeter, Pew Research Center
What Ordinary Survey Data Can (and Cannot) Tell us About Partisans' Views of "The Facts"
Alan S. Gerber and Gregory A. Huber, Yale University
The Roots of False Beliefs: Political Rumors in America from 2010-2017
Adam J. Berinsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Relationship between Losing an Election and Conspiracy Theory Endorsement
Joanne Miller, University of Minnesota
LunchKeynote Discussion: The Ethics of Misinformation
Mike McCurry, Wesley Theological Seminary (White House Press Secretary, 1995-98)
Michael Gerson, The Washington Post (White House Chief Speech-writer and Senior Policy Advisor, 2000-6)
Moderator: Betsy Fischer Martin, American University
Session III: ConsequencesModerator: Arthur Lupia, University of Michigan
- What is the full range of consequences associated with misinformation and polarized fact perceptions?
- How widespread are the effects?
- How deep are the effects?
The Consequences of "Truth Decay"
Jennifer Kavanagh, RAND Corporation
Factual Disputes, Social Media, and Socio-Professional Disdain
David C. Barker, American University, and Morgan Marietta, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
Post-Truth Politics and Growing Distrust of the Local Press
Danny Hayes, George Washington University and Jennifer L. Lawless, American University
Combatting the Anti-Muslim Rhetoric of the 2016 Presidential Campaign: An Experimental Investigation of the Impact of Corrective News
Kim Fridkin and Jillian Courey, Arizona State University
Session IV: CorrectivesModerator: Diana C. Mutz, University of Pennsylvania
- "Post-Truth" suggests that fact-based deliberation is a lost cause. Is this right?
- What is the impact of corrective information?
- Do education, sophistication, or other habits of the mind make a difference?
- Is there anything that media can do to slow or reverse the trend?
Can Facts Change Attitudes about Fiscal Policy?
John Sides, George Washington University
Does Exposure to Scientific Evidence Promote "Evidence-based" Policymaking?
Nathan Lee, Stanford University
Misinformed in an Unequal World: How Accurate Information about Inequality and Personal Income Affects Public Support for Redistributive Policies
Cheryl Boudreau, University of California, Davis
How Reflection Improves Reasoning about Politics
Vin Arceneaux, Temple University
Fact-Checking the 2016 Presidential Election & the Role of Selective Exposure
Amanda Wintersieck, University of Tennessee-Chatanooga
Close and Reception
Politics of Truth RoundtableEJ Dionne, Washington Post/Georgetown University
Robert Costa, Washington Post/PBS Washington Week
Molly Ball, Time/CNN
Shawna Thomas, Vice News
Moderator: Ron Elving, National Public Radio and American University