Impressed that @jonkarl had the courage, foresight and determination to fly to Iowa this week to ask Ted Cruz if he's in Iowa to run in 2016
— Jay Rosen (@jayrosen_nyu) July 21, 2013
When Nate Silver starts appearing on ABC as a political analyst, I’ll bet he gets the same reception from the Jonathan Karl types there as he did from those types at the Times (as reported by the Times Public Editor, Margaret Sullivan):
A number of traditional and well-respected Times journalists disliked his work. The first time I wrote about him I suggested that print readers should have the same access to his writing that online readers were getting. I was surprised to quickly hear by e-mail from three high-profile Times political journalists, criticizing him and his work. They were also tough on me for seeming to endorse what he wrote, since I was suggesting that it get more visibility.
It’s pretty obvious that the Times journalists who wrote to Sullivan will consider it a victory that they drove Silver off, and that they will fight like hell to make sure that another analyst that uses a poll-averaging model to talk about politics isn’t hired at the Times. It will be very damn interesting to see if Jill Abramson considers Silver a one-of-a-kind and gives up on poll averaging analysis, or if she hires someone else to run a 538-like column. I hope its the latter, because what Silver does isn’t some kind of magical gay wizardry that mere mortals can’t replicate.