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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.’”

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Los Angeles Journalist Interviews Helen Thomas for Playboy

Helen Thomas, who was booted from the White House press corps last year after making controversial statements about Israel, took up the topic again in April’s issue of Playboy. The interview was conducted by local journalist David Hochman, who flew to Washington to sit down with Thomas. Hochman, a Jew, didn’t shy away from addressing the controversy that lost Thomas her job — and Thomas, as ever, shied away from nothing. When asked if she had any personal antipathy toward Jews, Thomas replied:

No. I think they’re wonderful people. They had to have the most depth. They were leaders in civil rights. They’ve always had the heart for others but not for Arabs, for some reason. I’m not anti-Jewish; I’m anti-Zionist. I am anti Israel taking what doesn’t belong to it. If you have a home and you’re kicked out of that home, you don’t come and kick someone else out.

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Rabbi David Nesenoff Named Editor Of The Jewish Star

Rabbi David Nesenoff has parlayed his role in a major media story into an editor role at the Garden City-based Jewish Star.  Last May Nesenoff interviewed Helen Thomas at a Jewish American Heritage Month event at the White House and asked the journalist if she had “any comments on Israel.”  Thomas responded with the now infamous words “Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine” and “Go home [to] Poland, Germany and America, and everywhere else.”

In June Nesenoff published a story on his discussion with Thomas on his blog RabbiLive.com.  The news of Thomas’s inflammatory remarks resulted in her resignation from her position as a columnist for the Hearst Corp.

UK Journo Reflects on FBLA-Delivered Nazi News

We are big new fans of Christina Patterson, a commentator with The Independent newspaper in London. And not just because she today credits FishbowlLA with making her aware last week of a most dubious distinction bestowed upon her by LA’s Simon Wiesenthal Center. (Alongside journalists Helen Thomas and Rick Sanchez, Patterson was tagged by the Center as having written one of the year’s “Top Ten Anti-Semitic Slurs.”)

Patterson’s writing style seamlessly blends a flair for the English language with basic common sense. Under the headline “How I Was Smeared as an Anti-Semite,” the former director of the Poetry Center picks up where we-she left off, describing her astonishment at our Twitter bad news and sharing some of the extensive feedback that followed at her end.

The day after Twitter’s not-so-secret Santa, I had an email from an Orthodox Jew (“you may even,” he said, “say ‘Ultra’ Orthodox”) from New York. He had, he said, seen the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s list. “What you said,” he said, “is not anti-Semitic. I apologize to you for their wrong”.

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Three Journos on Top Ten Anti-Semitic Slurs List

This is definitely an awards season Top Ten List no one wants to be on.

LA’s Simon Wiesenthal Center has unveiled its Top Ten Anti-Semitic Slurs compilation for 2010, and the saddest part of it all is that three – count ‘em, three – journalists are there alongside Oliver Stone, a German government official, a Palestinian Information Ministry mouthpiece and others.

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Stephen Colbert (Finally) Advises Helen Thomas

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is old buddies with the legendary Helen Thomas. We were wondering when he was going to chime in on her retirement. It was last night, in case you were wondering.

“You don’t just blurt our racially charged comments on camera,” says Colbert. “You do it on your radio show.”

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    “You know who is going to get her seat now? Elijah,” offers Jon Stewart.

    Stewart is right. This whole thing with the legendary Helen Thomas is depressing. She was a pioneer. She sat in that press briefing room through ten presidents. Ten. And she was also totally outspoken about the Bush Administration and the never-ending wars it started. For her to go down in an Israel gaff seems…lame.

    In case you’re wondering Stephen Colbert didn’t mention Thomas’ retiring last night. Even though, as some of you will remember, in 2006, she was stalking him.

    That video after the jump.

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    President Obama Sings Happy Birthday to Helen Thomas

    President Barack Obama and Helen Thomas share the same birthday. So he came into the briefing room today with cupcakes and a candle.

    It’s Obama’s birthday today? Weird. We haven’t heard anything about it.

    WaPo’s Report on the White House Press Corps

    Weirdos and misfits and journos – oh my!

    Plus you can’t talk about the White House press corps without interviewing Helen Thomas.

    Via Slate.

    The Daily Show Embeds With the White House Press Corp

    Hot on the heels of Jon Stewart‘s CNBC takedown, The Daily Show‘s John Oliver visits the “luxurious press corps offices.”

    “It’s like what Donald Trump would have designed if he’d decided to keep journalists as pets…all the greats did time here before getting real careers.”

    After which he runs into Helen Thomas, who suggests he go home. He also appears to stump Robert Gibbs a bit when he asks “Which of the questions which your staff insisted be pre-approved, would you like to answer first? One, two, or three?” Snap!

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