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‘Terrible boss’ Nate Silver blasted by ex-employee as ABC mulls axe for FiveThirtyEight


A girl who labored at information journalist Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight information website blasted him as a “terrible boss” on Tuesday as Disney-owned ABC is reportedly trying into shuttering the data-driven information website.

Farai Chideya, who labored as a reporter for FiveThirtyEight throughout the 2016 election, posted a prolonged tweet thread which went viral on Tuesday. She hit out at Silver as a “white male nerd” who ran a “money-losing, failure-of-trendspotting site.”

“I had some wonderful friends and allies at @FiveThirtyEight,” Chideya tweeted on Tuesday. “But Nate Silver was a terrible boss, especially to women and people of color.”

“Someone should do a bit of data journalism on how long women lasted on average there,” she tweeted. “And that made the journalism worse.”

The Post has sought remark from ABC News.


Farai Chideya lined the 2016 election for FiveThirtyEight.
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Chideya wrote that Silver was a “terrible manager” who “didn’t listen” to his staff’ complaints, notably “criticism from women on staff.”

She described one incident during which she confronted Silver and threatened to stop if “things didn’t get better.” Chideya tweeted that the incident left him “gobsmacked.”


Chideya reacted to a report that FiveThirtyEight was
Chideya reacted to a report that FiveThirtyEight was “on the chopping block.”
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Silver additionally was accused of being “part of the problem with American journalism” by failing to adequately admire how “race and gender were weaponized” by Donald Trump to win the 2016 presidential election.

According to Chideya, who’s black, Silver “dismissed all relevance of race and gender on the metanarrative.”

Chideya posted tweets in response to a Daily Beast report which claimed that executives at ABC News put Silver’s information website “on the chopping block” because the community mulls cost-cutting measures.


Chideya blasted Silver as a
Chideya blasted Silver as a “terrible boss.”
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A call is predicted to be made by ABC News brass this summer season, when Silver’s contract expires.

The website’s efficiency is purportedly underneath evaluate by ABC News president Kimberly Godwin, in response to the report, which added that ABC might look to “offload” the FiveThirtyEight website in a sale.

The website, which has by no means turned a revenue, was based by Silver in 2008. It was initially the property of The New York Times, the place Silver made a reputation for himself nationally by precisely predicting Barack Obama’s election.

In 2013, Silver and his website migrated from the Times to Disney-owned ESPN. In 2018, FiveThirtyEight was acquired by ESPN’s company sister, ABC News.

Additional Reporting by Thomas Barrabi



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