2014's fast food atrocities
Burger King's black cheeseburger: Made with squid ink and bamboo charcoal, arguably a symbol of meat's destructive effect on the planet. Only available in Japan.
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 is a staff writer at Salon, reporting on all things sustainable. Follow her on Twitter @readingirl, email firstname.lastname@example.org.More Lindsay Abrams.
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KFC'S ZINGER DOUBLE DOWN KING: A sandwich made by adding a burger patty to the infamous chicken-instead-of-buns creation can only be described using all caps. NO BUN ALL MEAT. Only available in South Korea.
Taco Bell's Waffle Taco: It took two years for Taco Bell to develop this waffle folded in the shape of a taco, the stand-out star of its new breakfast menu.
Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger: Only attendees at the San Diego County Fair were given the opportunity to taste the official version of this donut-hamburger-heart attack combo. The rest of America has reasonable odds of not dropping dead tomorrow.
Taco Bell's Quesarito: A burrito wrapped in a quesadilla inside an enigma. Quarantined to one store in Oklahoma City.