Magdi Semrau

Magdi Semrau writes about the politics of language, science and medicine for the Editorial Board. She has researched child language development and published in the New York Academy of Sciences. Born and raised in Alaska, she can be found @magi_jay.

Why is the press ignoring the information gap pulling down Biden’s favorability despite the press having created it?

January 21, 2022 /

On Nate Cohn’s spurious analysis.

The J6 coup failed because the clock ran out. The GOP now has plenty of time to get it right

January 6, 2022 /

From quiet proceduralism to violent insurrection and back again.

Biden’s policies are more popular than he is. For the first time in the modern era, the link between president and agenda is broken 

November 22, 2021 /

How the press distorts political reality.

In the controversy over ‘race’ in public education, journalists can’t cover the story properly by amplifying white voices only

November 12, 2021 /

That Black people are invisible from the public education debate shows just how intellectually impoverished the conversation is. 

How did Facebook’s algorithms radicalize users across the globe? And is it culpable?

October 26, 2021 /

Ordinary human bigotry radicalized for profit.

Let’s rethink what it means to be entitled, because it doesn’t mean what Joe Manchin says it means

October 19, 2021 /

It shouldn’t be negative and we should be proud. 

Joe Biden’s plan will transform America the way the Great Society did. Here’s 3 ways journalists fail to tell the story

September 30, 2021 /

As they did with President Lyndon Johnson’s agenda, the press corps should inform the electorate about the existential battle at hand.

To fight vaccine disinfo, first understand how anti-vaxxers coopt science to spread it

September 15, 2021 /

We should worry less about the ravings of anti-vaxxers obsessed with microchips, and more about the falsehoods that, enjoying a patina of scientific authority, are harder to identify and harder to correct. 

I had Tuberculosis. My experience with the public health system taught me ‘personal responsibility’ isn’t enough to protect society

August 19, 2021 /

For covid, time for sticks, not carrots.

Why is anti-vaccination emerging as a distinctly right-wing phenomenon across the globe?

August 9, 2021 /

They were made for each other.