Howard Kurtz: 'I'm Truly Sorry'
CNN host apologizes for erroneous Jason Collins post
By Polly Davis Doig, Newser Staff
Posted May 5, 2013 11:52 AM CDT
Howard Kurtz attends the world premiere of "Knife Fight" during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival on Wednesday, April 25, 2012.   (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

(Newser) – Howard Kurtz took to his own show today to face the music over his Jason Collins flub, turning to the camera and apologizing, reports Politico. “This time the media mistake was mine—a big mistake, more than one in fact," said Kurtz, who denied that he lost his gig at the Daily Beast over the post, saying that "an amicable divorce was already in the works." “This is not a ritual for me where you just come on camera and say you’re sorry and hope to move on. I’m truly sorry about what happened. I believe deeply in good journalism and fair journalism and I am determined to learn from this episode and minimize the chances of anything like this happening again.”

Politico's Dylan Byers, who grilled Kurtz along with NPR's David Folkenflik, brought up three other factual errors Kurtz has made in recent years, asking "why so many mistakes?" Responded Kurtz, "In my career I have written, spoken, blogged millions of words. The vast majority of those have been as accurate as humanly possible. But there are times, being a human being, when I have slipped up. I ask people to look at the totality of my record, but it is certainly fair to point out where I have fallen short."

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Spudsy
May 5, 2013 3:19 PM CDT
The same media that conveniently overlooked all of the facts pointing to Saddam having no WMDs looks a little ridiculous kicking each other over this mistake.
extremenewsjunkie
May 5, 2013 12:11 PM CDT
"... However, Kurtz has committed far more serious offenses during his years destroying the careers of journalists who dared make life a bit uncomfortable for Official Washington's powerful elites. For instance, Kurtz played a key role in the destruction of investigative reporter Gary Webb, who had the courage to revive the long-suppressed Contra-cocaine story in the mid-1990s. Working at the San Jose Mercury-News, Webb produced a multi-part series in 1996 revealing how cocaine that was smuggled into the United States by operatives connected to the Nicaraguan Contra war of the 1980s had contributed to the "crack cocaine" epidemic that ravaged U.S. cities. Webb's articles put the major U.S. news media on the spot because most mainstream outlets had dismissed the Contra-cocaine allegations when they first surfaced in the mid-1980s. ..." http://www.opednews.com/articles/Howard-Kurtz-s-Belated-Com-by-Robert-Parry-130503-108.html On December 10, 2004, Gary Webb was found dead from two gunshot wounds to the head.[25] Sacramento County coroner Robert Lyons ruled that it was suicide, noting that a suicide note was found at the scene.[25] Webb's ex-wife, Sue Webb-now Sue Stokes- said that Webb had been depressed for years over his inability to get a job at daily newspaper: Webb continued to write, but financially could not support his family.[25] wikipedia