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Got Science? Vaccinating Ourselves Against Misinformation

Seth Shulman | Posted 02.13.2015 | Science
Seth Shulman

To prevent our children from being sickened and threatened with death by preventable disease, we need to ensure that they get vaccinated. But, to make our vaccination program successful, we also need to find better ways to inoculate ourselves against misinformation. A good place to start is to arm ourselves with the facts.

Free Flow of Information Is Critical in Crisis

Rev. Larry Hollon | Posted 10.14.2014 | Religion
Rev. Larry Hollon

"Fear has gripped the nation." With those words, the Rev. George Wilson of Liberia summed up the state of his country and described the cost of not allowing information to flow freely in a time of crisis. His report was discouraging but motivating at the same time.

Communication is Aid-and More

Rev. Larry Hollon | Posted 10.11.2014 | World
Rev. Larry Hollon

Misinformation and misunderstanding along with superstition about Ebola abound. The virus is not airborne. According to medical experts, it spreads through contact with the body fluids of an infected individual or the body of a deceased victim.

Koch Network, Fossil-Fuel Front Groups Lobby Congress Against Wind-Energy Tax Breaks

Gabe Elsner | Posted 08.19.2014 | Green
Gabe Elsner

The Koch-brothers-funded Americans for Prosperity spearheaded a letter claiming that 117 organizations oppose reviving wind-energy tax breaks that expired at the end of 2013. The Energy and Policy Institute discovered that a majority of the groups have ties to the Koch brothers or other fossil-fuel interests.

The Gravity of Misinformation

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.11.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The recent concentration of misleading media hooey about health has been excruciating, but the problem is perennial. I trust I needn't make the case that you are under constant assault by distorted, contorted, titillating, and insipid headlines.

'What Is Truth?'

Craig Chalquist, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2014 | Education
Craig Chalquist, Ph.D.

I used to have edit rights to Wikipedia. I obtained them to correct inaccuracies in the "C.G. Jung" entry, but after a while I gave up. Why? Because anyone who registers can go in and say pretty much whatever they like -- unless it's true.

DEA Chief Needs to Cut the Propaganda or Step Down

Sam Tracy | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Sam Tracy

The DEA has always ignored facts that support reforming drug laws, even when they come from within the agency.

The Rapid Spread of Misinformation Online

Farida Vis | Posted 03.27.2014 | Impact
Farida Vis

Blaming Twitter for misinformation is easy, but ignores the social and political context. How can we understand such large volumes of data that move so quickly?

Controlling the Comments in the Digital Universe

Michael Drew | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Michael Drew

The Huffington Post has stopped accepting anonymous comments. It's a start. So-called trolls who use comments sections to espouse negative views or to threaten or foment discord will always find ways to keep fanning the flames of disinformation.

Why Do Republicans Get Away With Saying Such Outrageous Things? They Are Distracting Us While They Do Real Damage

Leslie K. Stein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Leslie K. Stein

Tired of all the outrageous things Republicans say and are not held accountable? Whether or not you like the president, he is President of the United States. That used to mean something.

Drowning in a Sea of Opinionated Information

Jane Carlin and Barb Macke | Posted 05.14.2013 | College
Jane Carlin and Barb Macke

We must work hard to ensure that our students don't let opinions drive them to the 'facts' that appeal to them the most. There is a dangerous sea of opinionated information out there and they are already partly submerged.

The Culture of Guns and Misinformation

Walker Bragman | Posted 03.27.2013 | Media
Walker Bragman

A culture has developed in which people have the option of picking facts based on their political beliefs, instead of the other way around. The current debate over gun control is a testament to this trend.

Are We 'Over-Informed'? Readers Weigh In

Liz Smith | Posted 02.17.2013 | Entertainment
Liz Smith

"Which one of the stars of Les Miserables is the best-dressed?" asks a movie advertisement. I found this quite funny since the characters in Victor H...

So Madonna Called Obama a Muslim: How Misinformation Spreads

Ullrich Ecker | Posted 12.02.2012 | Science
Ullrich Ecker

It was obvious to most people that Madonna meant it as a joke, but chances are it will have reinforced belief in the Obama-Muslim myth in others, or even planted a seed of misinformation in the minds of people who have never even thought about Obama's faith.

Dan Froomkin

Clueless: Vast Majority Of Republicans Polled Insist Iraq Had WMD | Dan Froomkin | Posted 06.21.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- How misinformed are Republicans about world affairs? If presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's assertion that Russia is "wit...

Dan Froomkin

Vast Majority Of Secret Money In Presidential Race Spreads Misinformation: Report | Dan Froomkin | Posted 06.20.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Advocates of unlimited secret political spending say it leads to a more informed electorate, but according to a new study, in reality it...

Severely Out of Order

Arnie Reisman | Posted 04.29.2012 | Comedy
Arnie Reisman

I am now under a doctor's care because through a series of tests I found out that I was severely liberal. What's more, with each assault on my senses from factual inaccuracies, my condition has become -- progressive.

The Wisdom and Power of a Leaderless Resistance

Matthis Chiroux | Posted 12.31.2011 | Politics
Matthis Chiroux

Have you ever been asked what a leader is to you? Of course you have; we're obsessed with the worship of these few. But the Occupy movement has no place for them, which the mainstream media just can't understand.

The Real Christopher Columbus

Carolita Johnson | Posted 12.10.2011 | Comedy
Carolita Johnson


Obama and Israel

Mel Levine | Posted 11.19.2011 | Politics
Mel Levine

It has become fashionable for many Republicans to assert that President Obama is not a friend of Israel -- something the facts are utterly at odds with.

Eyewitness Testimony at Boston Vigil for Japan Highlights Information Void

Elise Crane | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Elise Crane

Amid the slushy mid-March drizzle, Bostonians came together in a place of heaven to mourn Japan's trifecta from hell.

Information Terrorists Hijack Our Airwaves

Nomiki Konst | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Nomiki Konst

Let's face it Dems, you have the heart but you don't have the brains. The GOP has discovered a way to make the media work for them.

The (Mis) Information Age

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Dr. Jim Taylor

The problem is that there is no longer any source of objective and trusted information. These days, you can't find "fair and balanced" news anywhere.

Feeding the Beast--Our Addiction to Anger and Fear

Larry Gellman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Larry Gellman

If you ask most people what they want the most for themselves the vast majority would say "happiness." So why do so many people spend every moment watching and reading things that are designed to make us angry or afraid?

Superfreakonomics Will Misinform Readers on Climate Science

Melanie Fitzpatrick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Melanie Fitzpatrick

The forthcoming SuperFreakonomics, written by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner, plays fast and loose with the scientific consensus on climate change.