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Nate Silver And A General Theory Of Media Exodus | Jack Shafer

FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2009 photo, The New York Times building is shown in New York. The publisher of The New York Times, Th
FILE - In this Oct. 21, 2009 photo, The New York Times building is shown in New York. The publisher of The New York Times, The Boston Globe and other newspapers said Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011 that it earned $15.7 million, or 10 cents per share, in the July-September period. That’s up from a net loss of $4.3 million, or 3 cents per share, a year earlier. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

The defection of statistics-wrangler Nate Silver from the status peaks of the New York Times for the flatlands of ESPN and ABC News puts a dent in the newspaper's self-esteem and the orthodox view that for journalists, a Times position equals career success.

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