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Sat Oct 31, 2015, 08:41 PM


(Audio Clip) Chicken Or Egg? Media Pull Versus Push. - On The Media interview Nate Silver

Yes, polls are stupid (at this stage of the election). But as Nate Silver, famed poll-cruncher and editor-in-chief of the data news site FiveThirtyEight has observed, polls -- no matter how unscientific -- do fuel media narratives. And those narratives can affect voters, and thus influence polls. It's a question of which comes first: the media egg or the chicken poll.

To find the answer to the question, On the Media and FiveThirtyEight are working together this election season to track the push and pull between polling, media coverage, and public interest in 2016 candidates.

Watch this space for our series of data-driven conversations and commentary.

In this short (~9 minute) audio clip, On The Media host Brooke Gladstone talks with Nate Silver of fivethirtyeight.com. They discuss the Media's influence on Polls and Polls' influence on the Media.

They spend a bit of time on Republican candidates, but also talk about Sanders and Clinton.

Could provide some thought-gristle to chew on.

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