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Nate Silver: POLITICO Covers Politics Like Sports, ‘But Not In An Intelligent Way’

Nate Silver is saying today that POLITICO tries to cover politics like sports, “but not in an intelligent way.” Silver told Bill Simmons, of the “B.S. Report” podcast that POLITICO wants only to “create noise” and “their whole thing is, you have to have a lead story about some gaffe that some candidate made on the campaign trail.”

During the election cycle, POLITICO writer Dylan Byers wrote that Silver could be a one-term celebrity, and predicted if a Romney win came to pass, Silver’s star power would diminish greatly. One of their other writers tweeted out the article, along with a note saying Nate Silver was just “averaging public polls and there is no secret sauce.”

Silver, for his part, seemed unfazed, telling Simmons,

“What was remarkable to me is that you had some, like, journalist for, um, Politico, or something … who, like, tweeted … ‘All Nate’s doing is averaging polls and counting electoral votes?’ … ‘That’s the secret sauce?’ It’s like, well, yeah, and the fact that you can’t comprehend that very basic thing … that says more about you than, than about me, right?”

Simmons told Silver he thought the POLITICO piece seemed “passive aggressive,” almost as though they “couldn’t really figure out a good way” to come after Silver.

POLITICO wasn’t the only one to second guess Silver this election season: Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, criticized Silver but wrote a (semi) apology post directed at him several weeks ago. Scarborough said,

“I do need to tell Nate I’m sorry for leaning in too hard and lumping him with pollsters whose methodology is as rigorous as the Simpsons’ strip mall physician, Dr. Nick. For those sins (and a multitude of others that I’m sure I don’t even know about), I am sorry.”

He went on to call Silver “a grounded guy who admits as much in his book” and also vows to “be less dismissive of his good work in the future.”

h/t Salon

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