Nate Silver: 'Reporting is very, very important ... punditry is fundamentally useless'


Nate Silver continued his critique of punditry Wednesday night, Mike Allen reports in Thursday's "Playbook" briefing. Speaking to ABC's Jonathan Karl at a Google event in Washington, D.C., Silver said: In journalism, there are a lot of "people who are maybe liberal … who are terrified of being perceived as liberal, and so they maybe overcompensate in different ways."

“I don't want to totally lump reporters and pundits in together, right? It's kind of venial sins versus cardinal sins basically -- right? -- where reporting is very, very important and journalism is very, very important, and there are some things about campaign coverage that I might critique. Whereas punditry is fundamentally useless.”

Silver said he tries to think carefully about what he says and how he says it, especially on his blog. Twitter is good for "sarcastic, little remarks" and is "my outlet ... to have a different kind of personality," he said.

Related: Nate Silver on "The Daily Show"

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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