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Howard Kurtz Has History of Ripping Fox News

How awkward.

As first reported by Mediaite, CNN’s Howard Kurtz is jumping ship and landing on the Good Ship Fox News. Good for him, right? Especially after being canned by Newsweek/The Daily Beast. But what about all those times he’s crapped on FNC over the years? Water under the bridge?

Personally, we can’t wait to hear Kurtz use the “fair and balanced” catch phrase. But first, a little look-see at what Kurtz has said about his new home.

Take Nov. 28, 2012, when Kurtz wrote that “Fox should have let Rick speak” on This was a story about veteran military reporter Thomas Ricks, who went on Fox News and trashed the network for its Benghazi coverage. They cut him off. The segment ended 90 seconds after it began. Kurtz wrote, “Some of those who love to dish it out, it seems, aren’t very big on taking it.”

He went to say this behavior is not limited to Fox News, but conveyed that Fox News was wrong. “Was Ricks being deliberately provocative?” wrote Kurtz. “Perhaps he was, for controversy sells books. And maybe his criticism was overstated. But the fact remains that he was invited as a guest, was asked about the Libya attack and responded in a way that made Fox’s relentless coverage of the controversy part of the story. And that was deemed unacceptable.”

In late March of this year, he did a segment on Zev Chafets‘ book on Fox News President Roger Ailes. “Roger Ailes has built a powerhouse organization — no question about it. But it is probably the most controversial news organization on the air.” He showed a clip of Ailes saying there are no conservative voices on other networks. Howie opined, “That’s not quite true.” Kurtz pressed Chafets hard on the fact that it wasn’t an “authorized biography.” He asked him to name “one critical thing that troubles him ” about Ailes. He couldn’t. “Nothing troubles me,” said Chafets.

He’s also not likely to become bosom buddies with new colleague Sean Hannity anytime soon. Read more

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John Dickerson Guest Hosts Webcast

Slate Magazine’s chief political correspondent John Dickerson will guest moderate “Washington Unplugged” tomorrow. The webcast airs at 2pm on

Dickerson will be joined by guests Deputy White House Press Secretary Bill Burton and WaPo’s Thomas Ricks, author of “The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq 2006-2008.” CBS’ Nancy Cordes, Anthony Mason and Steve Chaggaris and’s Eamon Javers also contribute.


Watch last week’s edition after the jump…

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Morning Reading List, 03.12.08

Good morning Washington. It’s the birthday of Wonkette’s Jim Newell. And “a former sex worker” scores a NYT op-ed. Happy days are here again.

In more serious news, be sure to continue to follow the latest in the Tony Locy case. And check out the winners of the Sixty-Fifth Annual Pictures of the Year International Competition.

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  • You think Spitzer should resign.


  • Keith Tomatore, Vice President of Sales Development and Operations and Manager of Newsweek and Budget Travel, has left WPNI.

  • The New York Post reports, “AOL ousted Curt Viebranz, the president of AOL’s Platform A ad business, just seven months after tapping him for the top post. The company said Lynda Clarizio, president of AOL’s, will replace him as part of a ‘consolidation and integration plan.’”

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  • Charting 4-Year Circ Plunge at Major Papers

  • His Extreme-ness analyzes “Richard Cohen’s Me-mail.”

  • MarketWatch reports, “Chairman Rupert Murdoch said Monday that most U.S. newspapers suffer from declining classified advertising, with help-wanted ads headed to the Web ‘almost completely.’ The results force such papers to cut down on journalists and international bureaus, and ‘at smaller papers, even just local coverage.’ Newspapers will not go away, Murdoch said.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Billionaire Sam Zell is traveling the U.S. using pep talks laced with profanity to exhort Tribune Co.’s 19,000 employees to be more creative or risk seeing their jobs disappear. The real estate mogul turned chairman of Chicago-based Tribune has used the f-word and called himself the human equivalent of Viagra to address what ails one of the company’s newspapers, the 126-year-old Los Angeles Times.”

  • AJR reports, “A federal judge’s ruling requiring a former USA Today reporter to personally pay heavy fines for not identifying confidential sources stirs concern among journalists and First Amendment advocates.”

  • Frank Foer on “My epistolary relationship with William F. Buckley.”

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  • An ABC release announced, “‘ABC’s World News with Charles Gibson’ averaged 8.99 million Total Viewers and a 2.3/8 among Adults 25-54 during the week of March 3rd. For the week, ‘World News’ placed first in the Adult 25-54 rating (2.3), tying NBC’s ‘Nightly News.’ Compared to this week last year, ‘World News’ grew its Total Viewing audience (+1%) and held its demo audience.”

  • A NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research
    data, ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ was the most-watched network evening newscast, winning the week of March 3, 2008. The Williams-led newscast averaged 9.541 million total viewers”

  • An ABC release announced, “To mark the fifth anniversary of the war in Iraq, ABC News will feature the special series, ‘Iraq 5 Years Later: Where Things Stand,’ the latest installment in its Emmy-award winning series of reports. Over the past five years, this comprehensive series has periodically examined how the Iraqi people and the country are faring in the wake of the US-led invasion. As in past installments, on- and off-air reporters were dispatched to nearly two dozen cities and towns across the country, and ABC News commissioned an exclusive, national public opinion poll of more than 2,200 Iraqis. ‘Iraq 5 Years Later: Where Things Stand’ will begin airing across ABC News’ broadcasts and platforms on Saturday, March 15, 2008 and will continue through the week.”

  • “‘It was a good show. I’m proud of it,’ Tucker Carlson tells TVNewser about his now-canceled MSNBC daily program, which began in 2005.”

  • Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert writes, “Less than one second. That’s how long it took Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to answer, ‘Of course not,’ to Steve Kroft’s question on 60 Minutes about whether she thought Sen. Barack Obama was a Muslim. You can time it yourself by watching the clip at YouTube. Still, that didn’t stop MSNBC’s Chris Matthews from complaining on-air last week that it took Clinton ‘the longest time’ to answer Kroft’s question.”

  • New York Times reports, “Now hear this: NBC Universal is not for sale. No how, no way. Looking to squelch persistent rumors, Jeffrey R. Immelt, the chairman of General Electric, plans to make his most definitive statement yet about his company’s chief media asset.”

  • USA Today reports, “If Kevin Martin, the Republican chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, is smarting from bruising battles last year with fellow commissioners, Congress and the cable industry, he’s showing no signs of it.”

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  • Reuters reports, “A majority of Americans do not read political blogs, the online commentaries that have proliferated in the race for the U.S. presidency, according to a poll released on Monday. Only 22 percent of people responding to the poll said they read blogs regularly, meaning several times a month or more, according to the survey conducted by Harris Interactive.”

  • A release announced, “USA TODAY announces the launch of a new online consumer advertising campaign. The campaign will feature banner advertising within online ad networks, internet portals, social networks and on entertainment, leisure and lifestyle websites. The campaign encourages consumers to become active members of the USA TODAY online community and was developed by Arnold Worldwide.”

  • Romenesko points out, “Why didn’t the deaths of eight US soldiers make page one? … That’s what a Washington Post chat participant asks Thomas Ricks.”

  • What do WTOP and Extreme Mortman have in common? His Extreme-ness tells us here.

  • The AP reports, “The Web site of The New York Times suffered substantial delays Monday as traffic spiked following its reports linking Gov. Eliot Spitzer to a prostitution ring. Normally, the Times site takes about three seconds to load. Just minutes after the Times posted its first article on Spitzer at about 1:57 p.m., average load times increased to more than 20 seconds, according to Keynote Systems Inc., a company that measures Web site performance. Keynote checked the Times site using automated probes in 10 U.S. cities.”

  • A release announced, “First Online Free Expression Day to be launched on Reporters Without Borders website under UNESCO patronage
    on March 12″

  • reports, “The Fox News Network is a ratings leader in cable news. But the channel is a loser when it comes to protecting its Fox mark. The World Intellectual Property Organization is concluding that a Florida businessman is the rightful owner to Still, WIPO said it was ‘suspicious’ that the name was registered the same day the Rupert Murdoch-owned network announced February 2007 it was launching a business news channel.”

  • Buzz reports,Reverend Moon – Source of Right-Wing Funding and ‘The Washington Times’ — Comes to Life in ‘Bad Moon Rising’”

  • Bloomberg reports, “News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch said he isn’t going to challenge Microsoft Corp.’s attempt to buy Yahoo! Inc., narrowing options for the second-largest Internet search engine.”

  • Information Week reports, “Despite the attention given to political blogs, only one in five Americans read them regularly, a research firm said Monday. In fact, 56% of Americans say they never read blogs that discuss politics, and just under a quarter say they read them several times a year, Harris Interactive found in a survey of more than 2,300 U.S. adults. Surprisingly, those who read blogs are less likely to be young adults. Some 19% of adults aged 18 to 31 read political blogs regularly, defined as several times a month or more; and only 17 % of people aged 32 to 43 say the same.”

  • The ClickZ Network reports, “The digital magazine market still represents only a fraction of its print counterpart, but a study to be released today suggests that people who subscribe to magazines online are more engaged with the advertising than those who read them in print.”

  • The Hollywood Reporter reports, “The Nielsen Co. is set to introduce Tuesday a series of quarterly reports aimed at fostering community interaction online, beginning with a study examining the correlation between bloggers and the boxoffice. While Nielsen PreView is launching with a film-centric report timed to this week’s ShoWest, the new venture plans to coordinate with many of Nielsen’s myriad research divisions to create market intelligence relevant to all aspects of the entertainment industry. The research will be made available at, where registration is available to the public or to paid members who can access additional information as well as make recommendations on future research topics.”

  • Poynter Online’s Ernst Poulsen wonders, “If Newspapers Were Invented Today by a Web Journalist…”

  • XM’s Lee Abrams Moves To Tribune Co.

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  • Lakeway Publishers, Inc. is looking for a Live Your Love of History.

  • Agra Informa Inc. is looking Editor in Chief.

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