Monday, October 16, 2006

The shifting ethics of Howard Kurtz

Today, Howard Kurtz had a little chat on WaPo online:
Rolla, Mo.: You may know there are conspiracy theories in the liberal blogosphere right now that the "October surprise" promised by Rove is a strike against Iran. The pretext for this speculation are recent movements by a carrier group to the Persian Gulf, set to arrive by the end of the month. Has anyone in the MSM looked at this, or is it such a normal exercise that it warrants no attention?

Howard Kurtz: I don't know whether any of my colleagues have looked into this. My basic position is that we shouldn't report rumors or conspiracy theories unless we have solid evidence to back it up.
Apparently, that's a recent rule, as I pointed out a few days ago. Here's Kurtzy on the bullshit accusations of infidelity lobbed at John Kerry:
There is, as you both know, an unsubstantiated rumor bouncing around the Internet, started by Drudge, about John Kerry's personal life...
Nice pivot, Howie.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not only the pivot but the questioner asked if any one was looking into it but Howard responded as though he was being asked if anyone was reporting it.

2:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, Howard, you blowhard! You were perfectly fine printing every lie the Perfidious Monstrosity shoved at you, but as soon as the light shines in their direction, you immediately want to "have solid evidence to back it up."


3:08 PM  
Blogger Zappatero said...

possibly Drudge gave him some, uh, "solid" evidence.

3:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kurtz is absolutely useless, what a bag of s---.

3:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whenever someone challenges his self-contradictions, Kurtz's default reply is always deliberate obtuseness: "Huh, I just don't see it."

4:51 PM  
Anonymous Shag said...

Kurtz is a reichwing kissass, who has a hard time hiding his political leanings.

5:07 PM  
Blogger FastMovingCloud said...

Well, he did say his "basic position". That's the position he takes with republicans. you know, bent over with his pants down.

5:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice TOUPEE Howie.

Is the glue seeping into your brain or what?

I worked in DC well ABOVE him.

He's a hack.

Capital H.

6:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's entirely possible our "esteemed leader" is planning some such ill advised nonsense as my husband works in Hawaii and he called me to tell me that he had seen a missile sub not once, but twice -- which apparently is unheard of during daylight hours.

6:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That Howard Kurtz really needs to watch what he's saying

8:36 PM  
Anonymous Rosencrantz said...

They ask Kurtz if anyone is looking into the rumours of a war with Iran and Kurtz says no...yet still calls it rumour and conspiracy?

How can he honestly call it a rumour if he refuses to look into whether or not it is true, and admits that the entire mainstream media is also refusing to look into it.

Talk about the death of journalism. He won't report rumours or conspiracies...but apparantly calls anything the media refuses to investigate a "rumour." If that isn't the definition of sticking your head in the sand that I don't know what it.

If Kurz was serious about journalism and the media then he would look into these "rumours" himself or try to get some other journalist to do it. He would then refrain from calling a story a rumour until some journalis has done their damn job and looked at the facts.

7:37 AM  
Anonymous bluegal said...

When you look at Howie's personal life, then you understand his rightwing slant. His second wife, Sheri Annis, (married 2003)is a Republican consultant/activist. View her biography:

3:31 PM  

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