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Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight Blog to Join ESPN Staff (NYT)
Nate Silver, the statistician who attained national fame for his accurate projections about the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections, is parting ways with The New York Times and moving his FiveThirtyEight franchise to ESPN, the sports empire controlled by the Walt Disney Company, according to ESPN employees with direct knowledge of his plans. At ESPN, Silver is expected to have a wide-ranging portfolio. Along with his writing and number-crunching, he will most likely be a regular contributor to Olbermann, the late-night ESPN2 talk show hosted by Keith Olbermann that will have its debut at the end of August. In political years, he will also have a role at ABC News, which is owned by Disney. Politico / Playbook Early this year, the Times laid out a plan that would give Silver a staff of six to 12 bloggers to focus on a variety of topics, modeled on Ezra Klein’s Wonkblog at The Washington Post. The plan was so specific that it named Megan Liberman, an up-and-coming deputy news editor at The Times, as Silver’s editor. As recently as last month, some executives at the Times were confident Silver would stay, mainly because they had given him everything he had asked for. New Republic ESPN has been trying to land Silver for at least five years. Gary Belsky, a one-time editor-in-chief of ESPN The Magazine and now a content consultant and contributor to Time, told me Saturday the original effort had been spearheaded by Gary Hoenig, then the general manager of ESPN Publishing, and that the original plan had been for Silver to write for the magazine and ESPN Insider, a collection of paywall-protected premium content on the Web. Daily Beast One thing that is clear, however, is that Silver’s move marks a potentially big loss for the Times. “He was doing something that is fairly rare in journalism — he was doing the math. I say that not entirely jokingly. Journalists are notoriously bad at this,” says Dan Gillmor, a journalism professor at Arizona State University. “For people who care about this sort of thing, it was pretty delicious to watch someone doing the math and to see pundit after pundit make fools of themselves with their ‘intuition.’”
Posts Tagged ‘David Shuster’
Hollywood Reporter senior writer Marisa Guthrie landed a big exclusive interview with Keith Olbermann for this week’s cover story
(subscription required). Until now, Olbermann hadn’t spoken in depth to the press about his contentious exit from MSNBC and his move to Current TV. Among other tidbits we learn that Olbermann is making $10 mil a year at Current– a $3 million pay bump from his MSNBC days. He also has an equity stake in the company which could earn him $100 mil.
We also learn that Olbermann has brought in his former MSNBC colleague David Shuster–who was suspended from the network for taping a pilot for CNN–to serve as his substitute anchor. FishbowlLA favorite Matt Taibbi will apparently have a role on the show as well as a paid contributor, as will Michael Moore and Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas.
People are certainly taking the fake news trend to an extreme these days. Yesterday was all about the fake New York Times and today comes word that Martin Eisenstadt, the “McCain adviser” who was apparently behind the rumor (a commenter points out we should clarify: the pranksters falsely claimed to be behind it “they have no reason to cast doubt on the original story. For its part, Fox News Channel continues to stand behind its story.”) that Sarah Palin didn’t know Africa was a continent (a attribution picked up and spread by David Shuster, among others) does not even exist! Nor does his fake Harding Institute for Freedom and Democracy. He and it are all just figments of the Internets! The (real) NYT is on the case. Turns out the people behind Eisenstadt et al are “a pair of obscure filmmakers” — nevertheless they fooled a whole lot of people:
And the claim of credit for the Africa anecdote is just the latest ruse by Eisenstadt, who turns out to be a very elaborate hoax that has been going on for months. MSNBC, which quickly corrected the mistake, has plenty of company in being taken in by an Eisenstadt hoax, including The New Republic and The Los Angeles Times.
But wait! The Times and the obscure filmmakers save their harshest criticism for the blogosphere:
They say the blame lies not with them but with shoddiness in the traditional news media and especially the blogosphere…Most of Eisenstadt’s victims have been bloggers, a reflection of the sloppy speed at which any tidbit, no matter how specious, can bounce around the Internet.
Oh really? Not all the bloggers, that’s for sure!