Voters gather to decide Nate Silver’s fate

Yes, today’s rather important for President Obama and Mitt Romney, as well as their families and supporters. But New York Times poll-blogger Nate Silver’s predictions have made him a target for the ire of conservatives and pundits protecting their turf as well as a sort of sex symbol for math nerds and others who insist Silver’s data-based approach represents a bright and alternate future for political reporting. “I know as a matter of practice that I’m going to have more opportunities if my prediction looks good and fewer if it doesn’t,” Silver told The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple. On this, he and his critics agree.


Previously: New York Times wants to hold Nate Silver to newsroom standards | Nate Silver: ‘A lot of news is really entertainment masquerading as news’ | Two views of journalism clash in debate over Nate Silver’s work | FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver adjusts to New York Times, 6 months after joining the newsroom

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  • Anonymous

    It will be obvious tomorrow. He called the election with with statistical models rather than trying to do it as atypical Beltway (or CNN) gasbag..

  • Anonymous

    then why don’t you enlighten me.

  • Anonymous

    You obviously don’t know why his opinion matters and why he’s different from the usual sabbath gasbags.

  • Anonymous

    i fail to understant what appears to be an obsession with nate silver. he’s another guy — there are thousands of ‘em — making a prediction that may be right and may be wrong. i suspect he’s a nice guy and has admirable personal qualities, but does anybody really care what the puck he says?

  • Anonymous

    i fail to understant what appears to be an obsession with nate silver. he’s another guy — there are thousands of ‘em — making a prediction that may be right and may be wrong. i suspect he’s a nice guy and has admirable personal qualities, but does anybody really care what the puck he says?

  • Anonymous

    Journalists love of polls and horse race reporting is overmatched by their complete lack of understanding of poll data. To the extent that Silver “wins” this election it might pus a few new orgs to look for better ways to use poll data. OTOH, I doubt that the usual gasbags will stop regardless of their hit rates on this election. The chat shows and most traditional dead tree outlets ossified ages ago and seem unable to adapt to technology beyond extending their useless opinions to twitter and blogs.

  • Anonymous

    Journalists love of polls and horse race reporting is overmatched by their complete lack of understanding of poll data. To the extent that Silver “wins” this election it might pus a few new orgs to look for better ways to use poll data. OTOH, I doubt that the usual gasbags will stop regardless of their hit rates on this election. The chat shows and most traditional dead tree outlets ossified ages ago and seem unable to adapt to technology beyond extending their useless opinions to twitter and blogs.

  • Anonymous

    Journalists love of polls and horse race reporting is overmatched by their complete lack of understanding of poll data. To the extent that Silver “wins” this election it might pus a few new orgs to look for better ways to use poll data. OTOH, I doubt that the usual gasbags will stop regardless of their hit rates on this election. The chat shows and most traditional dead tree outlets ossified ages ago and seem unable to adapt to technology beyond extending their useless opinions to twitter and blogs.