The humor here is so dry it’s congealed, but it gets the point across as FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver establishes that Paul Krugman had nothing bad to say about him when he was with the New York Times, an occasional bad thing to say about him beforehand and nothing but negative comments afterward.
Mr. Krugman’s views of FiveThirtyEight have changed since it re-launched March 17 under the auspices of ESPN. The columnist has mentioned FiveThirtyEight four times in just nine days, all in negative contexts. (Mr. Silver has frequently criticized what he calls “pundits” and “opinion journalists,” including those who write for The Times.)
Or to put it another way, Krugman is a phony and a hack. But so is the New York Times which is very much a mutual admiration society that exists for the purposes of deluding its readers about their membership in an intellectual elite.
Krugman has been taking a lot of shots at FiveThirtyEight and Silver demonstrates that the clown prince of Keynesian economics had once held a very different opinion of his work.