FiveThirtyEight.com founder becomes media star

Nate Silver's savvy math takes him to the top; Alaska's Gov. Sarah Palin on Fox; the tough economy hits radio; and more

The New York Times profiles Nate Silver, founder of political data site FiveThirtyEight.com and “unlikely media star.” Using a fantasy baseball approach to allow visitors to slice and dice the polls, Silver was able to call the presidential election for Barack Obama more than an hour before the major networks did.

“From a marketing standpoint, I'd rather hedge a little bit more,” he told the Times, “but we're the ones who are bold enough and are stupid enough to say what the polls translate to.”

He debuted his site in March, but in recent months, he's appeared in a number of outlets including CNN and ESPN.

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MGM has announced an agreement to provide feature films on YouTube.

Fox News lands an “exclusive” interview with Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin tonight by On the Record host Greta Van Susteren. The station says Susteren beat out a number of other interviewers, including Oprah Winfrey. Sen. John McCain will give his first post-election interview to Jay Leno on Veteran's Day.

Business Week lists the possible Federal Communications Commission heads under president-elect Obama.

Joining other media that have been suffering from the economic downturn, radio is now feeling the crunch.

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