How Nate Silver Validates Journalistic Verification

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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