Thursday, March 27, 2014
Krugzilla Vs. The Gay Math Wizard
I've only been mildly interested in the feud between Nate Silver and Paul Krugman.
I do think that Silver risks becoming a mere contrarian, rather than a data driven journalist as he proclaims.
And I do think Krugman has a point when he says that there are such things as "experts" in certain fields, though we can all agree that Op-Ed columnists rarely qualify. Unfortunately for Silver, Krugman IS an expert and has a prognostication record about as good (and much longer) than Silver's.
I get that Silver might be picking fights in order to drive web traffic, but that's not a long term tactic to make himself the place I think he wants to establish in American journalism.
Anyway, this is a good take on it: