"I screwed up," Howard Kurtz said on his CNN show "Reliable Sources" Sunday. The prominent media reporter used half the show to address an extraordinary week in which he bungled a critique of Jason Collins' coming-out story in Sports Illustrated and left Newsweek/The Daily Beast -- events he maintained during the show were unconnected.
NPR's David Folkenflik and Politico's Dylan Byers -- who broke the news Kurtz was leaving The Daily Beast -- questioned him in the segment. Byers brought up previous Kurtz errors, asking him "Why so many mistakes?"
"I'd like to think that I built up a big store of credibility" Kurtz said at one point. Folkenflik pressed him on his role at the website Daily Download, saying "I was told by two separate people in the last 48 hours that from your mouth, you had said that you were a founder in this venture in trying to help Lauren attract grants and trying to help Lauren [Ashburn] establish this as a go-to site in a way that, you know, has been trying to do." (more...)