The thing about David Shor is that everyone said yes his firing was bad, immediately pushing back. Also he’s “currently serves as head of data science with OpenLabs, a progressive nonprofit. He presently serves as a Senior Fellow with the CAP Action Fund.”
He lost his job because clients pushed at his boss and his boss caved. Bad boss. But also he still seems to be employed very nicely at leftwing data crunchers.
It’s worth looking at bad bosses and why people get fired and working for worker protections. But the “but David Shor proves there really is cancel culture and the left is out of control” doesn’t hold up.
Head of data science with openlabs does not sound like being cancelled.
Even if I’m sure it sucked for him. I’m extremely empathetic about what that’s like

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