Nate Silver went on sportswriter Bill Simmons' "The BS Report" podcast Friday morning to talk about the election as well as the use of stats in sports — his original vocation.
Way toward the end, at around the forty nine minute mark, Silver drops a bombshell.
Towards the end of the election Dylan Byers at Politico published a strange article — described by Gawker as a "weird hit piece" — called "Nate Silver: One-term celebrity?"
It seems like Silver didn't forget that. Here's him firing back at Byers and the whole paper:
SILVER: What's remarkable for me is that you had some journalist for Politico who tweeted out "All Nate's doing is averaging polls and counting electoral votes? That's the secret sauce?." Well, yeah, and the fact that you can't comprehend that very basic thing, that says more about you than it does about me, right?
SIMMONS: It was like passive aggressive coming after you but they couldn't find a good way to do it.
SILVER: Politico is a "who won the day" kind of thing, right? They're trying to cover it like it's sports but not in an intelligent way at all. They want to create noise, basically.
Their whole thing is you have to have a lead story about some gaffe that somebody made on the campaign trail. [...] In politics, you can have a month where nothing of any import whatsoever happens. But you still have to have Politico produce a paper seven times a week and that's when they're trying to start trouble.
Listen to the whole podcast here. It's a great hour of discussion for anyone interested in sabermetrics or the future of Silver in politics.
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