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November 21, 2010

Howard Kurtz - The new Beastie Boy . . Sorta [Journolist]

Media reporter Howard Kurtz seems to have left a box or two of his liberalism behind with his recent departure from the Washington Post.

That’s easy to do I suppose . . . you can’t remember everything when changing companies and mainstream “journalists” apparently aren’t immune to leaving a box or two behind. Howard Kurtz of course is the ”reporter” whose beat is ”reporting” on the actual media itself.

A rich assignment indeed to be able to write liberal script about those who churn out mainstream media’s liberal script. An assignment that must be sort of like a fraternity brother writing a weekly newsletter about the goings on in his college frat house. If ever there were a ”reporter’s” dream gig inside the mainstreamer’s universe, it would have to be writing about the media from the liberal bunker of the Washington Post and “reporting” on same from CNN. Kurtz has done both and continues to host CNN’s Reliable Sources program. Oh the irony in naming a CNN program, ‘Reliable Sources.’ There’s probably enough material in that name alone to go on for hours . . . it’s like a big fat low hanging grapefruit, hanging about a foot off the ground . . . such is the case with most of CNN’s programming schedule though.

OK . . . back to Kurtz. Kurtz gave up his plum (or shall I say grapefruit) Washington Post job last month to become Bureau Chief of the up and coming political website named, The Daily Beast. The Daily Beast is a mixture of news, entertainment and political opinion and is run by former Vanity Fair editor, Tina Brown. And was just in the news last week when it announced a formal merger with Newsweek.

Remember Newsweek? The news magazine that sold for one dollar back in August? I bet The Daily Beast’s merger with Newsweek had to have been a difficult business decision – Hmm, should we merge with a liberal media company that sold for $1? Would the upside be greater than a dollar? Apparently they figured out it would and now we have . . . a Beast in Newsweek. Sorry about that, I couldn’t resist.

So now that Kurtz has settled in over at The Daily Beast he is back to the media beat and is cranking out his script . . . however, there is a glint of hope that Kurtz has indeed lightened his liberal pen. Not a glimmer, just a glint. The glint of hope can be found in Kurtz’ latest article – an interview of Fox News founder Roger Ailes. It’s quite an interesting read and mostly free of liberal snipe. Let’s just hope Kurtz keeps writing this way with his new Beast of a pen.

Kurtz’ Daily Beast article on Roger Ailes is entitled, ‘Fox News Chief Blasts NPR Nazis’ and you can read it here.

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