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Viral Video: Nate Silver Declared President of United States of Pollsters

Here’s the New York Times’ famous polling blogger, FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver, taking his bows for being right about his calculations on the reelection of President Barack Obama.

His firm prediction, declaring that Obama would be well over the needed 270 electoral votes, caused enormous controversy among his detractors, who now look, well, wrong.

So, to the victor — or, at least, the most accurate pollster — go the spoils. And also the Web traffic, as Peter Kafka noted earlier today about Silver’s popularity on the Times’ Web site of late.

Here he is talking about it where it goes next:


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald