Howie Kurtz Leaves Wash. Post for The Daily Beast

October 5, 2010

(ChattahBox Entertainment News)—Well, this certainly comes as a surprise. Howard Kurtz, a longtime media reporter for the Washington Post and host of CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” is leaving the Post for the news blog, The Daily Beast. Kurtz will take on the role of Washington Bureau Chief for the two-year-old blog run by Tina Brown. He will stay on with CNN. He says he’s “ready for the challenge of fast-paced online journalism.”

Tina Brown issued a press release welcoming Kurtz to the Beast:

“I have great respect for Howard as a journalist and newsbreaker, but I admire him most of all for his understanding of media and politics as the story of our era. He is that rare reporter with a metabolism that outpaces the frenetic subjects he covers. I am excited that he will be a driving force in The Daily Beast’s coverage of this upcoming midterm election and for many election cycles to come.”

And the blog reported on Kurtz’s new position:

“The Daily Beast turns two tomorrow, and an early piece of birthday good news is that Howie Kurtz, who has won renown for his media and investigative reporting for The Washington Post and as host of CNN’s Reliable Sources, is joining The Daily Beast. As Washington Bureau Chief, he will lead our reporting in the capital and on the campaign trail. Howie knows that today the interaction of media and politics is the story. He combines integrity and rigorous reporting. He’s a tough and lively television presence, as I can attest, as can plenty of others.”

Kurtz’s dual role as a Washington Post columnist and media critic, while also working for a large cable news channel, at times presented disclosure issues, when he reported on CNN as a newspaper reporter.

Media Matters, in particular, the progressive media watchdog group, often criticized Kurtz for failing to disclose his financial relationship with CNN on a regular basis, when writing for the Washington Post.

Perhaps a position with an Online blog, focusing on political issues inside the beltway will remedy his Washington Post/CNN disclosure issues.

H/T Media Matters

Photo Source: CNN Reliable Sources


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