Following one fancy white man’s critique of his equally fancy, equally white former colleague for leaving their fancy publication to start his own, less-fancy venture, the fancy white men are entangled in a very polite, very fancy tiff.
New York Times op-ed columnist Paul Krugman is concerned about former colleague Nate Silver, who left the Times to head the very anti-Paul Krugman–style publication FiveThirtyEight.com. So far, Silver has been getting bronze- and maybe even pewter-level reviews of his website, which was anticipated with gold-level expectations.
And lo, the tiff became personal. In his response, Silver mocked the goofy headline formula particular to Krugman and the New York Times, titled “For Columnist, A Change of Tone” and used his signature statistical analysis to provide evidence that Krugman was being a jealous meanie.
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