Howard Kurtz Finds It Easier To Criticize Jason Collins’ Coming Out Story Than Read It

Howard Kurtz is the dean of MSM media critics. Which means when he makes a mistake, he backpedals furiously instead of owning up to it. Case in point: Kurtz’s Daily Beast column on Jason Collins, which was a vaguely homophobic attack on Collins for not mentioning in his coming out article in Sports Illustrated that he had been engaged to a woman. Kurtz called this “Jason Collins’ Other Secret.”

Except, of course, Collins did mention it.

Thence began the furious backpedaling. Kurtz refused to admit that his column was based on sloppy reading. No, he dug in his heels on his original angle, which is that Collins was somehow less than heroic in coming out because he didn’t wax at length about his fiance. Instead of killing the column, Kurtz revised it to complain that Collins “didn’t dwell” on his engagement.

“I have to assess a foul for the incomplete nature of the disclosure,” said Kurtz, the only person on the planet to whom it was incomplete. There’s something about Collins having had a fiance that clearly got under Kurtz’s skin.

Compounding Kurtz’s wrongheadedness was the video he did in which he took Collins to task because “”he didn’t tell the whole story.” The issue, of course, is that Kurtz didn’t read the whole story–or quite possibly any of it. He was more intent on finding some reason to criticize Collins because doing so would show he really is an impartial journalist.

After 24 hours of this obfuscation, the Daily Beast finally bowed to the inevitable and pulled the column, but not before Kurtz was lacerated by his fellow journalists.

As for Kurtz, he remains clueless. “I regret the mistake I made in writing about Jason Collins’ essay, and I hope I wasn’t insensitive in discussing it.” he told Buzzfeed. “He did a courageous thing by taking this step, but once he put it out for public discussion, it seems fair to raise questions about the account of his former fiancee, who granted several interviews. Obviously Collins or any other gay person can come out in any way they choose, or not come out at all. I don’t think my analysis was out of bounds, but that’s for others to judge. I did think the comments of ESPN’s Chris Broussard criticizing Collins’ ‘heterosexual lifestyle’ were offensive, and I said so.”

Mighty big of you, Howie. Glad to know you draw the line at blatant homophobia. How about a little self-examination while you’re at it?

UPDATE: Apparently, even in the mainstream media screw-ups have consequences. The Daily Beast has announced that it has “parted company” with Kurtz, which is PR speak for “shown him the door.”

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  • Chris Vogel

    It’s possible that Kurtz’s lying is compulsive, a mental illness he cannot control. It’s not necessarily the case that he just does it when it serves his purposes.

  • John Doe

    “How about a little self-examination while you’re at it?”

    Something Queerty is obviously good at.


    Maybe Queerty should take a closer look at how biased and “anti” ______ (fill in the blank) they are on numerous topics.

    Time for some self-examination Queerty? Or, you’ll just criticize others in the “media” only?

  • Ronbo

    @John Doe: Did Queerty flub a story and then double-down (much like your head bobs on frick AND frack) on the original “misinformaton”? No.

    Kurtz is a hack paid in full by 1% who own 96% of the media. He makes false-equivalences for profit.

  • MK Ultra

    Kurtz, your personal agenda is showing.
    And it’s small and shriveled.

  • ChiChi Man

    And now he’s out of a job. The Daily Beast just tossed him — although being fired from a sinking ship isn’t the punishment that he deserves.

  • Jean-Jacques Burlamaqui

    To err is human, licentiousness breeds deceit. Collins is a man ripened with deceit..

  • Kieran

    Apparently, Kurtz is the host of a show on CNN called “Reliable Sources”. LOL

  • Harley

    Once again proving illiteracy within the conservative ranks. He was only repeating what he’s heard on fox(terd) news channel instead of actually READING something, which he obviously doesn’t have the mental capacity to do. Poor, poor conservatives. Must be why they hate education.

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