Morning Media Newsfeed: Silver Dings Politico | ONA Announces Honors | AP’s Lewis Suspended

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Nate Silver Previews Site, Hits Politico (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Nate Silver, the statistician who recently joined ESPN from The New York Times, previewed his new website on Friday and dished out some criticisms of the current journalism environment, much of it directed at Politico. Delivering the keynote address at this year’s Online News Association conference in Atlanta, Silver said the new fivethirtyeight.com will be free and will launch “very early next year.” “The idea is that it’s a Web product, first and foremost. I’m sure we’ll build out podcasts and video coverage over time, but really the core challenge is in identifying writers and journalists who have the right critical thinking ability,” Silver said. TheWrap Silver also took a few swipes at Politico, whose coverage of elections and politics he’s often criticized, calling it an example of what journalists shouldn’t do. A recent article assumed that correlation equaled causation, Silver said, in stating that the government shutdown lead to Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe’s upswing in the polls. TPM / LiveWire Silver said that the way in which the information was presented in the article, not the information itself, was the issue. “It was a fine theory, but instead it was stated as a fact when there was no proof of it whatsoever,” he added.

Guardian, Boston Globe, NYT Take Home ONA Honors (Poynter / MediaWire)
The Guardian took two top journalism honors Saturday night at the Online News Association awards banquet for its coverage of leaked files on the National Security Administration. The London-based publication won both the Gannett Foundation Award for Innovative Investigative Journalism and the foundation’s Award for Watchdog Journalism. The Boston Globe took home the Knight Award for Public Service for its coverage of the violent Bowdoin-Geneva neighborhood. The Globe also won the breaking news award (large category) for its work on the Boston Marathon bombings. The Guardian Guardian U.S. editor-in-chief Janine Gibson, who accepted the awards at the ceremony in Atlanta, said: “We’re very proud to accept these awards from the ONA and the Gannett Foundation. It means a great deal to have the endorsement of our peers in the US media and we are thankful for their support.”

AP’s Lewis Suspended After McAuliffe Flub (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Bob Lewis, the Associated Press political reporter who last week published an erroneous report about Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, has been temporarily suspended, Politico has learned. Lewis, a highly respected veteran on the Richmond political scene, will no longer cover the race between McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli, and may be suspended through the election. His last story on the race was published Oct. 14.

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Wall Street Journal Reporters Muzzled in Reporting of Hacking Scandal (The Guardian / Greenslade Blog)
Wall Street Journal reporters were frustrated in their attempts to tell the story of the News of the World hacking scandal, according to a new book by David Folkenflik. He implies that one part of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp media empire in the United States was not allowed to report freely on another part in Britain.

Dan Lothian Leaving CNN (TVNewser)
CNN White House correspondent Dan Lothian is leaving the network, a CNN source confirms to TVNewser. Lothian is a 10-year veteran of the cabler, and has covered the administration for nearly five years. Previously he was with NBC News out of its Los Angeles bureau.

New Filings Ratchet Up The War Among Inquirer Owners (Philadelphia Inquirer)
A lawsuit filed in Philadelphia to reinstate Inquirer editor William K. Marimow should be dismissed because the case belongs in Delaware, where the newspaper’s parent company was incorporated, lawyers for publisher Robert J. Hall argue in court papers filed Friday. Hall’s lawyers also contend that company co-owner Lewis Katz had no authority to sue because he lacked approval from the board that controls Interstate General Media. Hours after that filing, Katz and another co-owner, H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest, filed a new complaint in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, this time asking a judge to declare illegal a Tuesday meeting at which their rival co-owners voted to investigate Katz.