Howard Kurtz “Under Review” at CNN?
The Wrap’s Sharon Waxman reports that CNN is reviewing Howard Kurtz’s Daily Beast gaffe from earlier in the week…
Howard Kurtz and his weekly “Reliable Sources” media talk show are under review after his firing from The Daily Beast over erroneous reporting, a CNN spokeswoman told TheWrap on Thursday.
“We are reviewing it,” the spokeswoman told TheWrap.
Kurtz has long been one of the most respected media critics in the country. He spent 29 years at the Washington Post before being lured to run the Daily Beast’s Washington bureau. CNN has aired the show on media since 1992 and Kurtz has hosted it since 1998.
But the show has had its critics, and Kurtz is vulnerable after erroneously reporting in the Beast that gay basketball player Jason Collins “didn’t come clean” about the fact that he had been engaged, and later amended his post to say that Collins “downplayed” the engagement.
My prediction: Nothing comes of this review. This based on the fact that CNN stood by Fareed Zakaria last year after far more serious plagiarism charges were leveled at him. How can CNN possibly drop Kurtz over this comparatively less significant incident when it set the bar so high with Zakaria, without having everyone revisit the Zakaria incident and the apparent double standard that will be underscored? My read is CNN can’t do it and won’t do it.