How Nate Silver Validates Journalistic Verification

Poynter, Thursday, November 8, 2012 3:11 PM
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On last night's "The Daily Show," host Jon Stewart introduced pollster, author and New York Times blogger Nate Silver as the new "President of the U.S. Of A: the United States of Arithmetic." Silver's "success this political season — in both predicting the electoral college vote and in driving traffic to the New York Times — is a validation for the independent Fifth Estate, as well as the reassertion of journalism as a discipline of verification," writes Kelly McBride. "Silver’s rise fits neatly with the other big trend of this election: fact checking." Silver was among those who "solved a problem created by the changing media ecosystem," writes McBride: "an escalation in the amount of suspect information populating the marketplace of ideas."

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