Nate Silver, a statistician and founder of the website FiveThirtyEight, is facing mockery on Twitter after comparing school closures as a result of Covid to the war in Iraq - and it’s already considered the worst take in 2022.
Silver commented on the policy some school districts have adopted to have students go back to remote learning due to the high rates of Omicron cases and short staff.
The backlash Silver received arose following a Twitter thread in which Mother Jones editor-in-chief Clara Jeffery said, in part, “lot of liberal pundit handwringing to the effect of ‘we can close schools now that we know of the great harms to kid’s mental health.’”
She also sent out a follow-up message, saying, “Pundits seem to be fighting the last war ... they’ve been mostly back for a year.”
“Data Guy Nate Silver doubles down on his insane comparison of school closures to protect kids and teachers from a deadly virus, to a war of choice that killed 100s of 1000s of innocent men, women, & children. Ladies and gents, we may have the worst take of 2022 already, tweeted MSNBC host Mehdi Hasan.
“Imagine how little value you have to place on the lives of Iraqi people to compare American kids having to learn on zoom to Iraqi kids LITERALLY DYING. Nate Silver should never EVER be taken seriously again. That tweet is sociopathic,” wrote Senior Editor Law & Policy at RewireNewsGroup.
A third noted that they were happy to have unfollowed Silver in 2020 and said, “Unfollowing Nate Silver in 2020 was one of the best things ever. That guy’s takes are getting worse with each passing day.”
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woke up this morning still thinking about this world historically bad tweet https://t.co/hujNCRWFjy