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Mark Coddington on Journalists versus Nate Silver

English: Nate Silver in Washington, D.C.

English: Nate Silver in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Why political journalists can’t stand Nate Silver: The limits of journalistic knowledge.

The journalistic norm of objectivity is more than just a careful neutrality or attempt to appear unbiased; for journalists, it’s the grounds on which they claim the authority to describe reality to us…

Silver’s process — his epistemology — is almost exactly the opposite of this:

Where political journalists’ information is privileged, his is public, coming from poll results that all the rest of us see, too.

Where political journalists’ information is evaluated through a subjective and nebulous professional/cultural sense of judgment, his evaluation is systematic and scientifically based.

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