Jack Shafer

Nate Silver and a general theory of media exodus

By Jack Shafer
July 22, 2013

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.

Morning prayer: CBS’s latest last-ditch attempt to beat GMA and Today

By Jack Shafer
November 16, 2011

You could fill a graveyard with the bodies that CBS has posed in front of its morning show cameras over the decades in its ratings pursuit of NBC’s Today show and ABC’s Good Morning America. The latest dead-anchors walking, appointed yesterday by CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager, are Charlie Rose and Gayle King.