Nate Silver responds to climate backlash on “The Daily Show”

The editor of FiveThirtyEight told Jon Stewart he's commissioning a rebuttal to the controversial piece VIDEO

Topics: Video, roger pielke jr., Nate Silver, Jon Stewart, The Daily Show, FiveThirtyEight.com, Paul Krugman, ,

Nate Silver responds to climate backlash on "The Daily Show" (Credit: Screenshot, Comedy Central)

Nate Silver appeared on “The Daily Show” last night to discuss the rocky start to his new site, FiveThirtyEight.com. As Jon Stewart characterized the launch: “You are taking a rash of shit in a week and a half like no one I’ve seen in a long time.”

Specifically, Stewart confronted Silver about the “huge hullaballoo” surrounding his science writer, Roger Pielke Jr. Skipping over Pielke’s questionable history of misrepresenting climate data, the two discussed his first piece for the site, which argued that the increased cost of natural disasters doesn’t have to do with climate change. The article was widely contested, and most thoroughly debunked by Skeptical Science.

“That’s a piece where we did have a lot of concern from our readers,” Silver admitted. “We don’t pay much attention to what media critics say, but that was a piece where we had, you know, 80 percent of our commentators weigh in negatively, so we’re commissioning a rebuttal for that piece.”



“So you’re responding to criticism and attempting to improve what you’re doing?” responded Stewart.  “I don’t think you understand the media world, my friend.”

Watch the entire exchange, which also touches on Silver’s feud with Paul Krugman, below:

Lindsay Abrams

Lindsay Abrams is a staff writer at Salon, reporting on all things sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @readingirl, email labrams@salon.com.

Featured Slide Shows

  • Share on Twitter
  • Share on Facebook
  • 1 of 11
  • Close
  • Fullscreen
  • Thumbnails

    "Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)

    Elliott and the friends with whom he recorded in middle school in Texas (photo courtesy of Dan Pickering)

    "Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)

    Heatmiser publicity shot (L-R: Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson, Neil Gust, Elliott Smith) (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)

    "Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)

    Elliott and JJ Gonson (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)

    "Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)

    "Stray" 7-inch, Cavity Search Records (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)

    "Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)

    Elliott's Hampshire College ID photo, 1987

    "Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)

    Elliott with "Le Domino," the guitar he used on "Roman Candle" (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)

    "Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)

    Full "Roman Candle" record cover (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)

    "Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)

    Elliott goofing off in Portland (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)

    "Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)

    Heatmiser (L-R: Elliott Smith, Neil Gust, Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson)(courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)

    "Roman Candle" turns 20: Secrets of Elliott Smith's accidental masterpiece (slideshow)

    The Greenhouse Sleeve -- Cassette sleeve from Murder of Crows release, 1988, with first appearance of Condor Avenue (photo courtesy of Glynnis Fawkes)

  • Recent Slide Shows

Comments

Loading Comments...