Why the Election Needle Got It Right but Felt So Wrong

It’s just a tool, they said. But really, the needle is a metaphor.

Will Oremus
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The needles as of 1 p.m. on November 4. Screenshot: NYT

I wrote yesterday in defense of the New York Times’ election needle, the maligned data visualization that anxiety-ridden election-watchers can’t stop refreshing, no matter how hard they try. (You can find it here, probably still quivering away, should you so…

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