The spread of fake news on Facebook has suddenly become a hot topic of conversation, particularly in the wake of Donald Trump’s shocking victory in the presidential election. John Wihbey, assistant professor of journalism and new media, calls it a “very serious issue,” but says “the chances that misinformation on social media swung the election are vanishingly small.”
Donald Trump won the presidential election but narrowly lost the popular vote, prompting some to question whether the Electoral College is good for democracy. William Crotty, professor emeritus of political science, calls the Electoral College a “terrible system that has no place in an age where democracy is ascendant.”
Students, faculty, and staff convened on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the results of the 2016 presidential election. Discussion topics ranged from the credibility of the nation’s leading pollsters to the freedom of the press under a Trump administration, but talk frequently returned to the media’s coverage of one of the dirtiest political campaigns in the nation’s history.
To ease the tension of Election Day, we asked seven faculty members to participate a quirky thought experiment that challenged each of them to consider how one well known but long dead person in their respective fields would have voted in the 2016 presidential election. The responses were insightful, sobering, and occasionally hilarious.
A collective of more than 15 Northeastern student groups, led by the Student Government Association, will work together to register peers for the November elections and generate enthusiasm for the democratic process.
Over the past two weeks, courts in five states have ruled against voter ID and proof-of-citizenship laws, citing their discriminatory impact on minorities. Martha Davis, law professor and human rights expert, says that the court rulings will likely favor the Democrats, particularly in the swing states where restrictive voter laws have been struck down.
In this guest post, Nathan Kotler, S’19, a member of the Northeastern University College Republicans, examines the unique set of circumstances that have led to rise of Donald Trump as the Republican presidential nominee.
Student Government Association President-Elect Elliot Horen and Executive Vice-President-Elect Suchira Sharma see themselves as communicators, facilitators, and problem solvers.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders won a landslide victory in the first-ever news@Northeastern presidential primary election, capturing 68 percent of the Democratic vote. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz captured 33 percent of the Republican vote to earn a narrow win.
The deadline to register to vote in the Massachusetts presidential primary is Wednesday, Feb. 10. Not registered? We have you covered. Haley Havens, S’19, of Democracy Matters at Northeastern, helped put together a list of everything you need to know to register.
Amílcar Barreto—an expert in Puerto Rican politics and an associate professor in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities—weighs in on the cash-poor island’s debt crisis and its impact on the 2016 presidential election.
Maura Healey, L’98, (pictured above, right) won her race to become Massachusetts’s next attorney general, while New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan, L’85, H’13, was re-elected to a second term.