Not impressed: Journos ‘grill,’ Howard Kurtz apologizes for Collins story!/dorseyshaw/status/331061397930774530


As Twitchy reported, Howard “Scoop” Kurtz got himself in a bit of hot water over a story on Jason Collins and his coming out. You see, he got it totally wrong. Shockah!

The Daily Beast then gave Kurtz the boot; The irony was delicious.

Is it just me,or is something weird about Tina Brown parting ways with Howard Kurtz over factual errors?

— pcasey44 (@pcasey44) May 5, 2013


This morning on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” journos “grilled” Kurtz and he gave a mea culpa.

For media (and inside baseball) junkies: @davidfolkenflik & ‏@dylanbyers will interview @howardkurtz on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” at 11a ET.

— Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) May 5, 2013

@richarddeitsch Reliable Sources interviewing Howard Kurtz is a bit rich.

— Jonathan Tannenwald (@jtannenwald) May 5, 2013

Here comes @howardkurtz‘s mea culpa on Reliable Sources.

— Jeff Jarvis (@jeffjarvis) May 5, 2013

‘I Screwed Up’: Howard Kurtz Gets Grilled On Controversy Over His Erroneous Jason Collins Story… via @mediaite

— Andrew Reeves (@ajreeves) May 5, 2013

To be fair, he did straight-up admit that he “screwed up.”

Some did delight in the spectacle.

This is awesome, watching Howard Kurtz get raked over the coals:…

— Patterico (@Patterico) May 5, 2013

Me before watching the Howard Kurtz interview: “Oh god it’s 14 minutes” 2 minutes in: “I HOPE THIS LASTS FOREVER”

— Jamie Kilstein (@jamiekilstein) May 5, 2013

They should do this every week! RT @samsteinhp: i’m feeling uncomfortable #reliablesources #kurtz

— Tim Miller (@Timodc) May 5, 2013

And some in the media, along with journalism professor Jay Rosen, swooned madly.

Great credit should go to CNN and @howardkurtz for spending half his program getting grilled by two media reporters. That was extraordinary.

— Jay Rosen(@jayrosen_nyu) May 5, 2013

Correction to my earlier tweet: Kurtz devoted 15 mins to his grilling by @dylanbyers and @davidfolkenflik. That is one quarter of his show.

— Jay Rosen(@jayrosen_nyu) May 5, 2013

Mediaite has the video: Kurtz is grilled by @dylanbyers and @davidfolkenflik. An extraordinary act of accountability:…

— Jay Rosen(@jayrosen_nyu) May 5, 2013


Both @dylanbyers and @davidfolkenflik did a really great job with their relentless, unblinking questioning of Kurtz today

— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) May 5, 2013

Say what you will about @howardkurtz, how many people would give their critics this platform on their own show? Good for him.

— Anthony De Rosa (@AntDeRosa) May 5, 2013

Who among us wd agree be x-examined about our mistakes live on national TV?Stunned by @howardkurtz ‘s transparency, integrity. Unprecedented

— Lisa Bloom (@LisaBloom) May 5, 2013


Alright… who asked Lisa Bloom to come on “Reliable Sources” and gush over Kurtz while also rattling off her resume?

— Eddie Scarry (@eScarry) May 5, 2013

Kudos to @howardkurtz – he took his @jasoncollins34 clanger on the chin today like a @miketyson right hook. #CNN

— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) May 5, 2013

Oh, Piers.

But others weren’t as impressed.

I found this whole segment bizarre. “Howard Kurtz Gets Grilled On Controversy Over His Erroneous Jason Collins Story”…

— Jedediah Bila (@JedediahBila) May 5, 2013

A prescient Twitter user called it the other day:

Also, best ratings in its history. RT @garrettquinn: Wow. Reliable Sources is gonna be soooooo awkward this Sunday.

— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) May 2, 2013

Yep. Awkward seems to be the operative word.

Watching Howard Kurtz get grilled on his own show… very awkward

— Steve Davis (@ScubaMySteve) May 5, 2013

Reliable Sources is SUPER AWKWARD right now. @howardkurtz what are you doing??

— Michael Haas (@MichaelJHaas) May 5, 2013

This @cnnreliable is so awkward to watch. “Why didn’t you have the decency” to apologize to Collins? Asks @davidfolkenflik to @howardkurtz

— Carlos Lozada (@CarlosLozadaWP) May 5, 2013

Where is everyone? Howard Kurtz being grilled about Jason Collins. Awkward. Wow. @buzzfeed @buzzfeedandrew @buzzfeedben

— Kiru Fisher(@kirubreezy) May 5, 2013

Watching @howardkurtz being grilled and sorrowfully replying on his own show extremely awkward and uncomfortable. #ReliableSources

— lisamlas (@LisaMLas) May 5, 2013

Interesting to see Howard Kurtz get asked some awkward questions on his own show. cc: @marisagallagher

— Stewart Scott-Curran (@stewartsc) May 5, 2013

I might have bought the cross examination of @howardkurtz had the questioners been of greater experience. This just read as awkward theatre.

— Larry Flick (@LarryFlick) May 5, 2013

The @howardkurtz Question Period moment was extremely awkward, even for the 11 people interested (yes, I am one). Seems now dispensed with.

— rachelsklar (@rachelsklar) May 5, 2013

As for the mea culpa itself, most weren’t gushing with praise.

Only his mom saw it RT @drudge_report: CNN’S KURTZ APOLOGIZES FOR ERRORS IN COLLINS STORY…

— EdKelley (@TheGeneratorGuy) May 5, 2013

John King forgives you. RT @ap: CNN’s Howard Kurtz apologizes for errors in column about gay basketball player Jason Collins.

— David Hinojosa (@hinojosa_david) May 5, 2013

Heh. John King also doesn’t let facts stand in the way!

there are no trombones sad enough for @howardkurtz

— 60th Street (@60th_Street) May 5, 2013

Shorter @howardkurtz: “Next time I’ll read the story before bitching about it.”…

— J P (@RileyRebel129) May 5, 2013

Oooooh Howard kurtz’s problem is he just reads TOO FAST! Got it.

— Jamie Kilstein (@jamiekilstein) May 5, 2013

@donlemoncnn @howardkurtz Also, he is still lying. He didn’t read it “too fast”. He didn’t read it. You CANNOT MISS that part if you read it

— David Howard (@djdavidjay) May 5, 2013

@jayrosen_nyu @howardkurtz Are either of you really even relevant in today’s media culture?

— Mysterion3000 (@Mysterion3000) May 5, 2013

Howie Kurtz getting beaten up big time on his own show. Painful to watch and a bit desperate. What next? A pillow case filled with oranges?

— Lucianne Goldberg (@LucianneLinks) May 5, 2013

@luciannelinks The numerous errors about Sarah Palin and the Tea Party by Kurtz’s Kommie Kritics got a pass in 2008 and 2009

— donsurber (@donsurber) May 5, 2013

@cnn You need to replace Kurtz-his credibility is nil as a media watchdog. This isn’t the first example. His show is anything but objective

— Sue (@WDMSue) May 5, 2013

Others pointed out the emetic-quality of having Politico and NPR journalists “grill” about integrity. Stop! Our aching sides!

Tweet o’ the day!RT @richardgrenellMy favorite part of this CNN crucifixion is hearing NPR media critic talk about balanced media coverage

— johnny dollar (@johnnydollar01) May 5, 2013

@johnnydollar01 @richardgrenell You get the feeling that their biggest problem w Kurtz is that he dares acknowledge “liberal” media?

— Laura L(@laura_lrnzo) May 5, 2013

Has @dylanbyers climbed down from his pedestal yet?

— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) May 5, 2013

… now Howard Kurtz yapping it up with Garry Trudeau about his Amazon teevee pilot and all is buddy-buddy in the ’70s Beltway clique again

— marc weisblott (@scroll) May 5, 2013

Up next on reliable sources, chastised host asks whether accomplished White House journalist was grandstanding

— Tim Miller (@Timodc) May 5, 2013

Well, we got the the lecture part about how to treat gay relationships from David Folkenflik and Dylan Byers out of the way…

— Jeff Poor (@jeff_poor) May 5, 2013

And an exit question:

Howard Kurtz has often been wrong; why does anyone take him seriously as a journo?

— Rick Geissal (@Rick_Geissal) May 5, 2013

Why, indeed? But, hey, the Beltway media got some nice smug self-back-pats out of it. So, there’s that.

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