The “decision desks” assembled by the Associated Press, TV networks and other mainstream news organizations have been “outcompeted in the marketplace of fast, accurate, sophisticated, and transparent information,” BuzzFeed EIC Ben Smith writes.
So tonight as it covers returns, he says, BuzzFeed “will be looking first to the players in the vibrant, transparent twitter conversation to make our own calls and to power our election night graphic, and to make our own election night calls.”
AP and the nets will be among the participants in that conversation, but so will Nate Silver, Daily Kos and the Ace of Spades HQ Decision Desk, whose honcho, Brandon Finnigan, Smith profiled in September. (Finnigan will work from BuzzFeed’s L.A. office Tuesday night.)
In 2012 Brian Stelter wrote about how news organizations planned caution when making election-night calls — CNN and Fox’s goofs when reporting the Supreme Court’s Obamacare decision, NBC News’ star-crossed George Zimmerman 911 call still loomed large. Read more