IAmA blogger for FiveThirtyEight at the New York Times. Ask me anything.
Q: Nate, do you think most of the popular news sources (cable, network, newspapers) intentionally overlooked the data analysis from you and those like you in order to hype up the 2012 election?
A: News organizations tend to have incentives to “root for the story”. Part of what were were saying for much of the campaign — both at different stages of the general election and perhaps even more emphatically in the end-stage of the primary when Romney pretty much had things wrapped up — is that the outcome had become fairly certain. So that creates a bit of a culture clash. (reddit.com) | Edited transcript: (nytimes.com)
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