Nate Silver Makes an Egregious Factual Error January 7, 2009 By Jonathan Zasloff Two days ago, Nate Silver penned a punishing takedown of the Wall Street Journal’s alternative universe on the Minnesota recount. As they say, read the whole thing. But in the beginning, Silver sets up an alternative universe of his own. His post in entitled, “Did the Wall Street Journal Fire Their Fact-Checkers?” Nate, this is the Wall Street Journal editorial page. It has no fact-checkers.