Kurtz Out at Daily Beast After Post on Jason Collins
Piece on gay NBA player was inaccurate
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2013 5:14 PM CDT
A 2012 file photo of Howard Kurtz.   (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, file)

(Newser) – A media firestorm over a blog post by media critic Howard Kurtz has culminated in this short-and-sweet line from editor Tina Brown to Politico: “The Daily Beast and Howard Kurtz have parted company." If you missed it, Kurtz accused gay NBA player Jason Collins of failing to mention that he had once been engaged to a woman. As countless critics of the media critic quickly pointed out, Collins had, in the eighth paragraph of his coming-out essay in Sports Illustrated, done just that.

Politico's Dylan Byers writes that Kurtz's former bosses at the Beast also were annoyed at how much time he spends on other ventures, including his weekly CNN show Reliable Sources. In a tweet, Kurtz wrote, "I've enjoyed my time at the Daily Beast but as we began to move in different directions, both sides agreed it was best to part company."

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right2dave
May 3, 2013 3:45 AM CDT
In other words, "They fired me."
K.KRANK
May 2, 2013 6:19 PM CDT
He should do well @ CNN
Cat-Lover
May 2, 2013 5:23 PM CDT
Now if CNN had any smarts, they too would dump him along with John Berman, Chris Cuomo, Jake Tapper and Erin Burnett. The new team at CNN can neither read teleprompters, speak extemporanously, field questions, control interviews nor think on their feet (it's good that Burnett always sits or she'd be included all of that list). They are BORING, uninspiring and at times, just plain annoying. Get smart, CNN, bring back the 2012 crew and see the love return.