08/23/2013 10:59 am ET Updated Oct 23, 2013

Why There's No Female Nate Silver


"Am I missing something here?" asks Jack Shafer in his Reuters paean to the "Marquee Brothers," male journalists -- like Ezra Klein, Nate Silver and Andrew Sullivan -- famous enough that news organizations clamor to grant them their own fiefdoms.

In a word, yes. Or in two words, Kara Swisher, the co-founder of All Things D whom Shafer later added to his piece as a footnote. There are other high-profile female journalists he could have added to his list, but he's not wrong -- the pantheon of journalists whose name recognition and clout have made them cottage industries is overwhelmingly male.

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