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May 29, 2008
By: dday

TURNABOUT, FAIR PLAY, ETC.... It's about time somebody slammed Howard Kurtz for his multiple conflicts of interest. His interview with CBS correspondent Kimberly Dozier when his wife is the publicist for her book is one thing (he disclosed this at the tail end of the glowing profile). But here's the guy who is supposed to be the nation's foremost media critic, yet he's employed by the Washington Post and CNN/Time-Warner, two of the nation's largest media companies. Not to mention that practically everything he promotes as a major media ethics story has the uncanny knack of bubbling up through some right-wing blog site. He's been a hack for some time and the Dozier interview is the least of the transgressions.

...I also have a post at Hullabaloo about the reaction to Scott McClellan's book, particularly from the media, who responded to his claim that they laid down on the job during the run-up to the Iraq invasion with both guns blazing. And I assume you've all seen Jessica Yellin admit that her corporate bosses at the time pressured her to produce positive stories about the President and the war. Can't wait for Kurtz' reaction. Is his wife working on Scottie's book, too?

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I know hating on Mickey Kaus is sort of required here in the Political Animal comments, but in fairness, Kaus has been regularly pounding Kurtz for years about his conflicts of interest.

Posted by: Richard Riley on May 29, 2008 at 4:06 PM | PERMALINK

There are so many thing wrong with Kurtz and his arrangements, it's hard to know where to start. When it comes to his choices of topics and his views on them, his world appears to be ruled by Drudge. But more fundamentally, how can he be a media critic when he's paid by two of the largest media organizations? Surely you don't bite the hands that feed you, nor do you likely see much wrong with other big media entities. After all, how much different are they from the two that sign your paychecks? He's a critic within such a narrow range as to be meaningless.

Posted by: jrw on May 29, 2008 at 4:13 PM | PERMALINK

Discussing Howie on the intertoobz is a waste of bandwidth. Photons can be put to better use.

And who cares about Scotty when we all know that he is just a disgruntled ex-employee because Dana Peroxide says so.

Posted by: optical weenie on May 29, 2008 at 4:20 PM | PERMALINK

And for those of us who cannot stomach a line of Kaus, Glenn Greenwald at Unclaimed Territory and Salon has been relentless in exposing Kurtz.

Posted by: Yellow Dog on May 29, 2008 at 4:26 PM | PERMALINK

Did anybody else see David Gregory go defensive when asked about Scotty's allegations last evening? According to David the White House press corp did it's job and David defies us to find a stenographer (er reporter) who didn't.

Posted by: Ron Byers on May 29, 2008 at 5:09 PM | PERMALINK

If this were 1776, Kurtz, Drudge, Gregory, the stooges at Fox, and all the others of that ilk would be working for steadfastly Tory newspapers, decrying those traitorous rebels Washington, Franklin, Jefferson, Adams, and Paine, and all of them would have proudly assisted in bringing any of the rebels to the gallows.

Posted by: bluestatedon on May 29, 2008 at 5:26 PM | PERMALINK

Kurtz, is the only celebrity journalist (except Abrams) or major newspaper reporter that can discuss Sen Clinton without foaming at the mouth. He gets points for that.

Posted by: david on May 29, 2008 at 5:43 PM | PERMALINK

According to David the White House press corp did it's job and David defies us to find a stenographer (er reporter) who didn't.
Even though pretty much everthing they reported was either wrong or misleading, they think did a great job. See Glenn Greenwald for more.

Posted by: AJB on May 29, 2008 at 6:13 PM | PERMALINK

Kurtz, is the only celebrity journalist (except Abrams) or major newspaper reporter that can discuss Sen Clinton without foaming at the mouth. He gets points for that.Posted by: david on May 29, 2008 at 5:43 PM | PERMALINK

Points? Riiight.

Comparing the lack of integrity and the irresponsible journalism in the run up to the Iraq invasion to whether or not someone hates Clinton is ridiculous. The MSM is soooo culpable.

Posted by: e henry thripshaw on May 29, 2008 at 6:15 PM | PERMALINK

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Posted by: mhr on May 29, 2008 at 6:24 PM | PERMALINK

Here's a similar exposé from another, lesser ex-Bushie but he has a very important story to tell:

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The Bush administration's drive to politicize the Justice Department reached a new low with the wrongful firing of seven U.S. Attorneys in late 2006. Their action has ignited public outrage on a scale that far surpassed the reaction to any of the Bush administration's other political debacles. David Iglesias was one of those federal prosecutors, and now he tells his story.

Iglesias has long served in the Navy as part of the JAG corps. One of his earliest cases, about an assaulted Marine in Guantanamo Bay, became the basis for the movie A Few Good Men. When Bush chose him to become the U.S. Attorney for New Mexico, it was a dream come true. He was a core member of Karl Rove's idealized Republican Party of the future -- handsome, Hispanic, evangelical, and a military veteran. The dream came to an abrupt end when Senator Pete Domenici improperly called Iglesias, wanting him to indict high-level Democrats before the 2006 elections. When Iglesias refused, the line went dead. Iglesias was fired just weeks later. First, he was devastated. Then, he was angry. Now, he is speaking out.

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(PS: Re Scott McClellan being referred to as "Not the Scott we knew" - well of course he isn't the Scott they knew, that Scott was an ass-kissing sycophant.)

Posted by: NB on May 29, 2008 at 7:36 PM |
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I'll try that link again:

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(http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-0470261978,descCd-buy.html)

Posted by: on May 29, 2008 at 7:39 PM | PERMALINK

So when did she stop working for the Bush White House?

Posted by: on May 29, 2008 at 8:51 PM | PERMALINK

So when did she stop working for the Bush White House?

Posted by: elnuestros on May 29, 2008 at 8:51 PM | PERMALINK

Ron Byers @ 5:09 - Hey Ron, how you been? You and everybody else here needs to go read the McClatchy boys absolutely brutal takedown of Gregory and the other media whining ass coverers. It is something.

That’s What Happened

Posted by: bmaz on May 29, 2008 at 10:49 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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