Kara Swisher

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Viral Video: Nate Silver Declared President of United States of Pollsters

Here’s the New York Times’ famous polling blogger, FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver, taking his bows for being right about his calculations on the reelection of President Barack Obama.

His firm prediction, declaring that Obama would be well over the needed 270 electoral votes, caused enormous controversy among his detractors, who now look, well, wrong.

So, to the victor — or, at least, the most accurate pollster — go the spoils. And also the Web traffic, as Peter Kafka noted earlier today about Silver’s popularity on the Times’ Web site of late.

Here he is talking about it where it goes next:


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik