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

(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."

A 2012 file photo of Howard Kurtz.   (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, file)
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