A lady who labored at knowledge journalist Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight information website blasted him as a “horrible 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 through 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 website.”
“I had some fantastic mates and allies at @FiveThirtyEight,” Chideya tweeted on Tuesday. “However Nate Silver was a horrible boss, particularly to girls and folks of shade.”
“Somebody ought to do a bit of knowledge journalism on how lengthy girls lasted on common there,” she tweeted. “And that made the journalism worse.”
The Publish has sought remark from ABC Information.
Chideya wrote that Silver was a “horrible supervisor” who “didn’t pay attention” to his staff’ complaints, significantly “criticism from girls on workers.”
She described one incident wherein she confronted Silver and threatened to stop if “issues didn’t get higher.” Chideya tweeted that the incident left him “gobsmacked.”
Silver additionally was accused of being “a part of the issue with American journalism” by failing to adequately recognize how “race and gender had been weaponized” by Donald Trump to win the 2016 presidential election.
In keeping with 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 Information put Silver’s information website “on the chopping block” because the community mulls cost-cutting measures.
A choice is predicted to be made by ABC Information brass this summer season, when Silver’s contract expires.
The positioning’s efficiency is purportedly underneath evaluate by ABC Information president Kimberly Godwin, in line with the report, which added that ABC might look to “offload” the FiveThirtyEight website in a sale.
The positioning, which has by no means turned a revenue, was based by Silver in 2008. It was initially the property of The New York Occasions, 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 Occasions to Disney-owned ESPN. In 2018, FiveThirtyEight was acquired by ESPN’s company sister, ABC Information.
Further Reporting by Thomas Barrabi