As Kate Aurthur in Buzzfeed has so helpfully pointed out Howie Kurtz has really stepped into a humungous cowpie (of his own making needles to say) with his sneering coverage of the Jason Collins story, claiming that the newly “out” basketball player had been less than forthcoming about the fact that he had been engaged to a woman for eight years. As Aurthur shows the rest of the press was quick to remind Howie that the Collins did indeed make mention of his former fiancé — causing Howie to quickly rewrite his column. He wasn’t quick enough, however, to have prevented Aurthur from capturing the truly disgusting video (see link above) Howie made with
Like so much in the “Mainstream” this “gaffe” will doubtless be forgotten in fairly short order. What is next-to-never mentioned is Howie’s wife Sheri Annis — a major Republican operative whose deeds include putting Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Governor’s chair in California
Here’s a group photo of Howie with several pals, including the truly loathsome Tucker Carlson. Sheri is right next to Tucker. Typical.
As is clear from this photo alone, Howie Kurtz is a stealth Republican operative dishing out soft propaganda much on the order of Frank Lutz’s slightly harder-edged propaganda at FAUX “News.”
I’ve made mention of Mrs. Howie before — to little avail
Elsewhere the estimable Eric Alterman
has made mention of Mrs. Howie but has missed the point in the process
Back in mid-September, I received an e-mail from The Washington Post Ombudsman Andrew Alexander asking me to give him a call about some of the issues I’ve been raising here and elsewhere about Howard Kurtz’s myriad conflicts of interest for a column Alexander planned to write. When I returned his call, however, he had already changed his mind—as is his right, of course—and decided to criticize his newspaper for not paying more attention to the kinds of issues raised by Rush Limbaugh and Fox News, particularly the ACORN story.
Alexander and I did not end up speaking but he did decide to address himself to Kurtz last week. He did so in the context of first raising another alleged conflict of interest—the fact that Post reporter Juliet Eilperin covers climate change while being married to a part-time Center for American Progress Senior Fellow who also works on the issue. Alexander did not point to any actual examples where her coverage might have been compromised. He just wondered if the marriage of a reporter and a part-time CAP Senior Fellow, interested in the same things, is a conflict all by itself. (Disclosure: I do not recall ever having met either party involved, and I take no position on whether or not it constitutes a conflict.)
What I found most interesting about this context for a discussion of Kurtz, however, is the fact that Alexander never mentions that Kurtz is a married spouse with political, financial, and ideological interests in his wife’s work. I mean this literally. Kurtz is married to former Republican political consultant, Sheri Annis. He frequently writes about her former and potential clients. And yet one rarely if ever sees any disclosure. (On one occasion, on CNN, Kurtz when so far as to interview and plug an author as a “remarkable woman” who was actually paying his wife—through a cutout—to promote the author’s book. He added, “I should mention that my wife has done some promotion work for Kim Dozier’s book.”)
Alexander devotes himself instead to the fact Kurtz’s job as the paid host of CNN’s “Reliable Sources” “presents an inescapable conflict that is at odds with Post rules. They state that a reporter or editor ‘cannot accept payment from any person, company, or organization that he or she covers.’ There can be exceptions for some groups, such as broadcast organizations, ‘unless the reporter or editor is involved in coverage of them.’”
This “remarkable woman” has a remarkable amount of power and authority.
So much so that it wouldn’t be unfair to regard Howie as her sock puppet.
But tat would be “going to far” wouldn’t it? Best to regard these two
as a kind of vaudeville act — one the Beltway Press corp regards with considerable admiration. So much so as not to mention the fact tat her hand is firmly fixed up his ass.
To sing us out — a far lovelier couple, truly worth envying.
THIS JUST IN ! HOWIE GOT SHIT-CANNED!!!
Well “That’s Showbiz” — right Nat?