Media Resources 

Background Resources:

  • The Century of the Self Adam Curtis 


Fox News


Fox News has always been partisan. But has it become propaganda?

By Jane Mayer A Reporter at Large March 11, 2019 › story › making-fox-news-white-ho...

Mar 11, 2019 - “Fox's most important role since the election has been to keep Trump supporters in line,” says BKC faculty co-director Yochai Benkler in Jane ... › story › blame-fox-news-facebook

Jun 5, 2019 - This week, we're joined by Yochai Benkler of the Berkman Klein Center to discuss why Fox News, not Facebook, might deserve the lion's share ... › monkey-cage › 2018/11/06

Nov 6, 2018 - Yochai Benkler, Rob Faris and Hal Robert, three scholars affiliated with Harvard's Berkman Klein Center, have a new book, “Network … › outlook › 2018/10/24 › russi...

Fox News' latest fringe theory: Robert Mueller is more dangerous than ... Yochai Benkler is a professor at ...

Oct 24, 2018



The three studies paint a picture of a media ecosystem that entertains conspiracy theories and discourages audiences from taking steps to protect themselves and others

Received: March 19, 2020 Accepted: April 16, 2020 Published: April 20, 2020


  • Hoax: Donald Trump, Fox News and the Dangerous Distortion of Truth


The book about Fox News written by CNN’s Brian Stelter by The Washington Post’s Margaret Sullivan and The New York Times’ David Enrich. CNN published an adaptation of an excerpt from the book in which Stelter revealed the symbiotic relationship between Trump and Fox News and just how much Fox News personalities influenced the president.

From the airways to the White House


Stelter writes, “Inside Fox, hosts one-upped one another to get, and stay, on Trump’s good side. Programming choices were customized for one viewer at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.”

Stelter wrote that one Fox News host, Pete Hegseth, would check Twitter during commercial breaks to see if Trump was tweeting about the show.


We are living, in case you haven’t noticed, in a world full of bullshit. It’s hard to say whether the amount is truly increasing, but it seems that everywhere you look someone is trying to convince you of something, regardless of whether that something is actually true. Where is this bullshit coming from, how is it disseminated, and what can we do about it? Carl Bergstrom studies information in the context of biology, which has led him to investigate the flow of information and disinformation in social networks, especially the use of data in misleading ways. In the time of Covid-19 he has become on of the best Twitter feeds for reliable information, and we discuss how the pandemic has been a bounteous new source of bullshit.



Course: INFO 198 / BIOL 106B. University of Washington Instructors: Carl T. Bergstrom and Jevin West Synopsis: Our world is saturated with bullshit. Learn to detect and defuse it. The course will be offered as a 1-credit seminar this spring through the Information School at the University of Washington. We aim to expand it to a 3 or 4 credit course for 2017-2018. For those who cannot attend in person, we aim to videotape the lectures this spring and make video clips freely available on the web.


Coronavirus: Conspiracy Theories: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

With conspiracy theories about coronavirus proliferating, John Oliver discusses why we’re prone to believe, how to distinguish fact from fiction, and what you can do to help others.


By Mark Galeotti, OP-ED New York Times Dec. 14, 2016





Trust in Science and COVID-19 Fund

June 26, 2020

The Data Science Initiative has awarded funding to the following researchers for the Trust in Science and COVID-19 Fund. You can read more about the awards as well as the full DSI Trust in Science program here.

Mapping Covid-19 Misinformation

Yochai Benkler (Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, Harvard Law School)


How to Report on the COVID-19 Outbreak Responsibly