Stories by David Nather

Series / Misinformation Age

The misinformation age

Illustration of a man looking at a phone, with a digital projection coming from the screen and covering his eyes like it's a blindfold
Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Hostile powers undermining elections. Deepfake video and audio. Bots and trolls, phishing and fake news — plus of course old-fashioned spin and lies.

Why it matters: The sheer volume of assaults on fact and truth is undermining trust not just in politics and government, but also in business, tech, science and health care as well.

Biden steps away from Obama during the 2nd Democratic debate

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris at the second Democratic primary debates in Detroit
Joe Biden approaches Kamala Harris during a commercial break. Photo: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

The second Democratic primary debate showed former Vice President Joe Biden's long career has its liabilities.

The big picture: The pile-on covered everything from his Senate years (Kirsten Gillibrand attacking him for a 1981 op-ed about "deterioration of the family") to his years as President Obama's vice president (Bill de Blasio on deportations) to his moderation (Kamala Harris on his health care plan, Jay Inslee on his climate plan).

A debate fundraising quick-turn from Bernie Sanders

A quick-turn solicitation from Sen. Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.) campaign arrived at 10:05 p.m. ET — 38 minutes before Tuesday's Democratic debate ended:"Make a contribution — of any amount — and we’ll send you our new 'I Wrote the Damn Bill' sticker."

Why it matters: The campaign was capitalizing on an instant-classic moment when Rep. Tim Ryan attempted to challenge Sanders over Medicare for All - to which Sanders said he "wrote the damn bill."