Howard Kurtz, a well-known critic of the media, found himself the center of media attention. While writing a commentary about the “coming out” of professional basketball player Jason Collins, he either failed to read Collins’ complete Sports Illustrated article, or he purposely slanted his critique.
He claims Collins failed to include the fact that he “was engaged to be married, to a woman.”
In fact, it was included in the first person story. He also talked about it during an interview on ABC.
He again made the same error in the media-review Web site he works with called the Daily Download.
Tina Brown, the Daily Beast’s editor, tweeted the news of Kurtz’s departure from the publication, writing “@thedailybeast & @HowardKurtz have parted company . . . we wish him well.” She did not disclose a reason for the parting.
The Daily Beast said Kurtz’s piece contained several errors, “resulting in a misleading characterization” of Collins. It said it “sincerely regrets Kurtz’s error, and any implication that Collins attempted to hide or obscure the engagement.”
Sources at the Daily Beast are reporting that the erroneous article was the final straw for Kurtz. He had been dedicating more of his time to the Daily Download, and a weekend media criticism show on CNN called “Reliable Sources”, which he hosts.
Originally Kurtz re-wrote his story saying Collins “downplayed” the engagement and “didn’t dwell on it.” The Daily Beast retracted the story when Kurtz continued to voice his original views on other media.
Columnist-The Guardian Express