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Nate Silver Pours Water On Media's Shutdown Narrative

Discussion in 'News & Current Events' started by Revmitchell, Oct 13, 2013.

  1. Revmitchell

    Revmitchell Well-Known Member
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    Nate Silver, The New York Times' polling guru of 2012 (who has since moved to ESPN), has taken a look at the government shutdown polls (and history) and concluded that things don't look as bad for the GOP as the media would have you believe.

    While Silver cautions that this could change over time, especially if the government doesn’t reopen or if America defaults on its debt; the media, he believes, are currently displaying irrational exuberance about how this might be a game-changer in favor of Democrats come the 2014 midterms.

    Silver breaks his argument down into six parts, starting with a list of everything the media have previously and incorrectly hyped as game-changers: "Remember Syria? The fiscal cliff? Benghazi? The IRS scandal? The collapse of immigration reform?"

    Silver also blows a hole in the "mythology" that the shutdown of '95 did as much damage to the GOP, or helped the Democrats and Clinton, as much as the media would have us believe.