JRL NEWSWATCH: “The Mueller Report and the Silence of the Experts; Those well-positioned to comment on the investigation too often ceded the debate to partisans.” – Moscow Times/ Timothy Frye

“The Mueller reports highlights many shortcomings in American democracy, but also reveals a deeper failure that informs our broader politics: the silence of the experts. Those well-positioned to comment on the investigation – academic Russia watchers, political science experts on elections, and non-partisan national security specialists – too often ceded the debate to partisans. … File Photo of White House with South Lawn and Fountain[T]he expert community should have been injecting the hard-edged skepticism, demand for evidence, and appreciation of what we can and cannot know that marks the best academic interventions into policy issues. … [M]edia outlets were not looking for the nuance that the expert community could have provided …. [T]hey sought out the most partisan voices to boost ratings. … This problem is not unique to the Mueller Report and Russian electoral interference. … it extends to most important discussions of the day. …”

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