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Balls of steelWow! One might have guessed, given his charmingly nerdsome appearance and general blinky “how do I translate from numbers into English?” mannerisms that Nate Silver would be somewhat conflict averse. But no man he BRINGS IT. He interviewed some guy who commissioned a Zogby poll that proved, factually, that Obama voters are all a bunch of ignorant black Muslims. There’s even a YouTube to prove it! Anyhow Silver called up this very shirty gentleman John Ziegler to discuss his survey methods. Ziegler called him a pinhead and said many hilariously nasty things.

NS: What was the right answer to that [Palin] question?
JZ: The technically accurate question [sic] is that none of the four people said that, but we counted it as correct if they said Sarah Palin.

NS: Why would you commission a survey question with no correct response?
JZ: The purpose of the question, you pinhead, was we wanted to determine the Tina Fey Effect.

[…]

NS: Would you consider yourself well-informed?
JZ: I’d consider myself extremely well-informed.

NS: Who are the two senators from South Dakota?
JZ: Thune and, uh, Johnson.

NS: Very good. South Carolina?
JZ: Go fuck yourself. I’m done with this interview if you’re going to ask me stupid questions like that. Obviously I know who Lindsay Graham is.

NS: Well, since you’re running a website calling people misinformed, I’d like to see if — there are certain things you’ve said that I would consider misinformed.
JZ: Misinformed? You’re a piece of work! You are never going to have the guts to post a representative transcript on your website! I thought you actually ran a legitimate website!

NS: Thank you, have a good day.
JZ: Go fuck yourself.

The whole transcript is available here.

An Interview with John Ziegler on the Zogby “Push Poll” [FiveThirtyEight.com]

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  1. Nate you are truely a Hero. I would say an American hero but real americans don’t have any use for facts. They live in the real world with unicorns and the bible n’stuff.

  2. If this is the same John Ziegler I’m thinking of, Nate hire a bodyguard or buy a gun or something. This guy is srrrrrsly unhinged. He blames O.J. Simpson for the end of his marriage and the loss of a previous talk radio job out in California.

    What a shitty nutbag he is.

  3. The best part is how this seriously unhinged person thinks posting the transcript will make HIM look good. Unless you have Tourettes, screaming “Fuck you” to calm questioning does not tend to buy a lot of sympathy. Someone spent waaaaay too long in talk-radio land.

  4. JZ: Misinformed? You’re a piece of work! You are never going to have the guts to post a representative transcript on your website! I thought you actually ran a legitimate website!

    NS: Your mom’s a legitimate website.

    In Ziegler’s defense, “Go fuck yourself” is the most effective response to anything ever.

  5. Reading Ziggie’s wiki, one gets the slight impression that he’s got some serious issues with black people.

    Who obsesses over OJ? Even OJ don’t obsess over OJ like Ziggie does.

  6. I would love to see McCain voters’ answers to the same questions…

    Which party currently controls Congress?
    “Guns?”

    How do you feel about Nancy Pelosi?
    “More guns?”

    What about Harry Reid?
    “Purple. And fucking GUNS.”

  7. [re=180855]ManchuCandidate[/re]: He’s pretty far off the reservation, even for a talk radio guy. I bet Michael Savage looks at him and says, “Geez, Ziggie, maybe tone it down a little?”.

  8. Seriously all this poll did was gauge how effective the right-wing smear campaign was. But we know the answer already after the election: not effective enough.

  9. I can’t believe Ziegler actually wanted the interview posted, because he sounds like a complete tool in it. Granted, there are men out there who aspire to sounding like complete tools, so maybe this is his four-minute mile.

  10. Can someone put Nate Silver’s face on a picture of Patrick Swayze riding a unicorn shirtless so I can make it my desktop wallpaper and get a full back tattoo as well?

  11. I think we’ve found the New York Times’ new “lightning rod conservative”. I would personally love to see a weekly op-ed column by this guy, especially if done in a mailbag format.

  12. He hit that poll with his +10 staff of enlightenment. I think the funniest part is imagining the awkward and nearly sedated personality of Nate Silver bubbling up the fire rage in some guy. I just imagine him screaming “Fuck you” into the phone and Silver awkwardly shuffling his feet, then murmuring out his next question.

    http://thesebastards.blogspot.com/

  13. That Zeigler fella has been fired from more jobs than a room full of Apprentice contestants. Well, if you call being an asshole on radio for a few hours a night a “job”.

  14. Hey, I get firsties on this because I put it into the comments the other day when I got the damn poll from zogby. I’m glad it’s getting more of an airing because it really pissed me off, permanently.I finished part of the poll by just saying yes to everything no matter what and then fired off an email to Mr. Zogby himself who didn’t respond of course. Get used to all the crap the “poll” was pushing because those are the things we are going to be hearing coming out of the the talk show douchebags asses for the next hundred years.
    Wow, my spell check corrected douchebags for me.Thanks spellcheck!

  15. Ziggie sez: I had planned from day one because I knew that no one would take seriously any random sampling of interviewees that I was going to commission a scientific poll of these questions. I also knew that it would be a lot cheaper for me to do a nationwide survey of Obama voters than the nation as a whole because basically I’d only have to do half the number of people to get a representative sample.

    WTF? That’s not stats I believes in.

    So let me get this straight. Ziggie wants to show how stupid Obamatrons are without a baseline of the general level of stupidity? I’m getting the impression he’s the baseline of intellagince (sic.)

    So basically, this is the stats equivalent of a dick measuring contest. So Ziggie, how many boxes of Enzyte do you buy in a month?

  16. He had better watch out. Nate will put something up on his site that says “There is a 98.2% chance that John Ziegler will be caught in an airport stall and arrested for ‘indecent acts'” and, due to Nate’s complete accuracy, it will happen.

    Don’t mess with Nate-dawg.

  17. Nate Silver must have ice water in his veins. I wish that I paid more attention in my stats classes, and I wish I could stay as calm when people tell me to go fuck myself. And, yes, this happens surprisingly often.

  18. Zigs did a fantastic job of channeling Oily O’Reilly. The best part is that NS completely ignores any of his weak comebacks to continue grinding his head into the cheese-grater.
    NSFTW!

  19. [re=180834]dannygutters[/re]:

    It all makes sense now. The guy’s a lunatic.

    What kind of idiot gets fired for using the n-word on air not once, not twice, but three times at three different places?

  20. Blaming the media for Obama’s success is like blaming the musicians on the titanic. If that makes any sense. There was a void. A boy named Obama came around and filled it. The end.

  21. In early 2006 John Ziegler and his newscaster Leah Brandon purchased a horse called “Luckie’s Revenge”.[11] After improving its health Leah tried to move the horse to her house. This created a conflict between John and Leah in June 2006 because the horse was not adjusting to Leah’s house and Leah felt that it should be moved back to the barn. The conflict between the two was about who should pay for this new cost and was a segment on the show on June 7, 2006.

    I have no real reason for posting that, other than it’s my favorite WTF? moment from Ziegler’s Wikipedia entry.

  22. Haha, I saw this fool on Fox News, where he said something like, “This cost me $15,000. I will cover the costs of anyone who can make a similar poll on McCain supporters!” Hmm, I think I’ve seen the same kind of totally unscientific polls showing McCain supporters as tards all accross the YouTubes–can I get 15 grand for sending the links?

  23. [re=181027]Neon Trotsky[/re]: What he said was that if you ask THE EXACT SAME questions of McCain supporters and they do worse, he’ll pay your costs. But since all the question were Free-Republic style Obama conspiracy questions, of course McCain supporters would get that right. I’m sure I could commission a poll of McCain supporters by asking them nasty questions about McCain, that they would get wrong.

    That Obama supporters don’t know the answers only proves that they haven’t watched Hannity in the past three weeks. They should be commended, not mocked.

  24. [re=181032]Dave J.[/re]: Thanks for clarifying–it’s hard to resist the urge to change channel while watching Hannity & Colmes…

    “ZOMG Obama supporterz didnt kno that there beluved messiah slipped up and sed he’d visited 57 states instead of 47!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111″

  25. [re=181003]Dave J.[/re]: Also this: Usually after a tough show Zeigler enjoys showering himself in sperm donated by little boys from all over the eastern indian mountains. Once his thirst is quenched and he has pulled his whole head out of his ass…he likes to follow up with some sex play with his pet cockatoo “Biscuits” and a hand job from his spainish lover Astabio! With regards to his french lover Stefen who perfers a sack in his mouth!…On the issue of U.S. party politics, Ziegler has said that “the only dog I have in that hunt is that the more power Republicans(Shitheads) have, the less power Democrats have; it’s the lesser of two evils as far as I’m concerned, on most issues”

    Can this really be true?

  26. Over at 538 this story has about 500 comments and more than a few of them are from someone new there who is making a rather, uh, vehement attempt to defend Heil Zeigler’s little push poll. It is almost has if it could be the exact same guy who blew his top in the telephone interview with Nate and then dared him repeatedly to post the transcript on his website!

  27. Nate Silver makes me warm and creamy.

    I love it when brains win. Although I think the real interesting part may have been the “ad hominem exchanges” that are missing from the transcript.

  28. As bad as that poll is it’s not really a push poll see:

    American Association For Public Opinion Research
    http://www.aapor.org/aaporstatementonpushpolls
    or
    American Association of Political Consultants
    http://www.theaapc.org/content/resources/statement.asp

    And for a real pollster’s take on that bad poll see:
    Zogby’s Misleading Knowledge Test
    http://www.pollster.com/blogs/zogbys_misleading_knowledge_te.php

    “Zogby’s survey does not amount to a “push poll” in that sense, but using the term allows him to respond — predictably — with a denial that “this was not a push poll.” It wasn’t, but that’s beside the point. Describing his biased, leading questions as a legitimate test of knowledge is hugely misleading, at best.”
    http://www.pollster.com/blogs/zogbys_misleading_knowledge_te.php

  29. Please do not call this nut Ziggy. Ziggy helps me and Al, the hologram that only I can see or hear (like Jesus).

    I know Ziggy, and this man is no Ziggy.

  30. [re=180863]obfuscator[/re]: No, I happened upon Michael Savage while driving home from work last night and he was playing a clip from the documentary this d$*kwad made, all up in arms about how ill-informed the Obama voters were.

    Well, I didn’t actually “happen upon” Michael Savage himself – that would be frightening beyond all imsgination!

  31. He’s this aggressive in the bedroom, too. That’s why I married him. Not the numbers or the mediawhorishness, or the glasses — though they are sexy — it was that manliness that sealed my deal. =sigh= I love him.

  32. Just remember sports fans, Nate Silver got his start, and makes his day-to-day living, as a
    baseball nerd. Still America’s pastime. Go Nate! I’ve got your back.

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