‘Nate Silver Went Against the Grain for Some at the Times’

NYT Public Editor Margaret Sullivan:

I don’t think Nate Silver ever really fit into the Times culture and I think he was aware of that. He was, in a word, disruptive. Much like the Brad Pitt character in the movie “Moneyball” disrupted the old model of how to scout baseball players, Nate disrupted the traditional model of how to cover politics.

Traditional model: mostly bullshit.

Nate Silver: facts.

That there was this much resistance to Silver within the Times is a bad sign. Also a bad sign: that so many within the Times see such a difference between print and online.

Monday, 22 July 2013