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Political Analyst Silver Launching ESPN Blog In Similar Vein As Grantland
Published July 23, 2013
TV ROLE: The HOLLYWOOD REPORTER's Michael O'Connell noted ABC News President Brian Sherwood yesterday was "mentioned several times," but outside of Silver appearing on ABC News during the next election cycle, there was "no elaboration as to any on-air presence." Silver said, "I plan on spending a bunch of time with Bill (Simmons) in the coming months." Silver noted that it may "take up to a year before they're fully up and running" (HOLLYWOODREPORTER.com, 7/22).
NOT THE RIGHT FIT IN N.Y.? N.Y. TIMES Public Editor Margaret Sullivan wrote Silver's "ability to drive traffic -- especially among young, non-newspaper readers with his FiveThiryEight blog -- was unmatched, and probably will remain so." However, Sullivan wrote, "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. ... Nate disrupted the traditional model of how to cover politics." Sullivan added a number of "traditional and well-respected Times journalists disliked his work" (NYTIMES.com, 7/22). Silver yesterday regarding Sullivan's comments said, "I would say I love the people at ESPN, but this culture stuff at the Times was not a big factor in the decision" (Carpenter). Silver: "I'm interested in running a website, building out a business here, and having my opportunity to weigh in on different topics. I'm not interested in who I'm getting a beer with. I have plenty of people in my social circles for that" (NYMAG.com, 7/22).
ATTRACTIVE SUITOR: In Akron, George Thomas writes the fact that ESPN is "brokering in microsites that cater to their most talented individuals, such as Bill Simmons with Grantland.com, makes working there attractive, especially to Silver." It is a "brilliant move on the part of both parties involved" and Skipper, who has "landed Keith Olbermann and Silver in subsequent weeks, has "every right to be ecstatic welcoming a different journalistic perspective to the network’s sports coverage" (AKRON BEACON JOURNAL, 7/23). MEDIA BISTRO's Gail Shister writes Silver's "migration from the New York Times to ESPN represents more than a new URL -- it augurs a sea change in the news business itself" (MEDIABISTRO.com, 7/23).