Nate Silver Cussed Out By Angry Wingnut
Wow! One might have guessed, given his charmingly nerdsome appearance and general blinky "how do I translate from numbers into English?" mannerisms that Nate Silver would be somewhat conflict averse. But no man he BRINGS IT. He interviewed some guy who commissioned aZogby poll that proved, factually, that Obama voters are all a bunch of ignorant black Muslims. There's even a YouTube to prove it! Anyhow Silver called up this very shirty gentleman John Ziegler to discuss his survey methods. Ziegler called him a pinhead and said many hilariously nasty things.
NS: What was the right answer to that [Palin] question?
JZ: The technically accurate question [sic] is that none of the four people said that, but we counted it as correct if they said Sarah Palin.
NS: Why would you commission a survey question with no correct response?
JZ: The purpose of the question, you pinhead, was we wanted to determine the Tina Fey Effect.
NS: Would you consider yourself well-informed?
JZ: I’d consider myself extremely well-informed.
NS: Who are the two senators from South Dakota?
JZ: Thune and, uh, Johnson.
NS: Very good. South Carolina?
JZ: Go fuck yourself. I'm done with this interview if you're going to ask me stupid questions like that. Obviously I know who Lindsay Graham is.
NS: Well, since you’re running a website calling people misinformed, I’d like to see if -- there are certain things you’ve said that I would consider misinformed.
JZ: Misinformed? You're a piece of work! You are never going to have the guts to post a representative transcript on your website! I thought you actually ran a legitimate website!
NS: Thank you, have a good day.
JZ: Go fuck yourself.
The whole transcript is available here.
An Interview with John Ziegler on the Zogby "Push Poll" [FiveThirtyEight.com]