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AJR Goes Easy on Howie Kurtz

CNN and Daily Download‘s Howard Kurtz sure is lucky he has American Journalism Review smooching his behind. In their April/May issue, Rem Rieder gives him props for facing the firing squad on his “Reliable Sources” program last week.

He writes,

“Kurtz, who began the show with an apology for his misdeeds, looked absolutely miserable as he found himself on the other end of the questions. But he did what he absolutely had to do if he was going to dig himself out of his predicament and preserve any credibility as a media commentator.”

Reider is full of compliments. He also gives a nod to the two reporters who grilled Kurtz, writing, “It should be said that the questioners, media reporters David Folkenflik of NPR and Dylan Byers of Politico, did a good job of pressing Kurtz.”

He concludes by declaring Kurtz gave himself “breathing room” by agreeing to CNN’s decision to grill him on his own show. But really, did he have a choice?

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