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Howard Kurtz Under Fire For Erroneous Report About NBA Player Jason Collins Coming Out (Mediaite)
Arguably the biggest news this week has been basketball player Jason Collins coming out as the first openly gay player in major U.S. sports, but media critic Howard Kurtz thinks Collins has been quiet about one part of his past: his engagement to a woman after dating her for eight years. Kurtz stated quite clearly in a Daily Beast post Wednesday that Collins “left out” this detail about his life, but it turns out that was not exactly the case. Gawker On Wednesday Kurtz found — for two different outlets — a dark shadow in the sunny coverage of NBA player Jason Collins’ decision to come out as gay: Collins was at one point engaged to a woman. “He didn’t tell the whole story,” Kurtz burbles in a Daily Download video. Kurtz continues: “If you leave out the fact that you dated this woman for eight years and that you were engaged to be married, then you have not told the whole story and I think this really muddies the whole plotline.” Kurtz wrote the same argument for the Daily Beast, that Collins “left one little part out.” Except Collins didn’t leave the detail out. It’s right at the beginning of the eighth paragraph of his long Sports Illustrated piece. NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer Alerted to this glaring oversight, Kurtz quickly tweaked the text of his column to make it factually accurate. “He left one little part” was changed to “he downplayed one detail.” “Turns out it was an edited story” became “He mentioned the engagement to Sports Illustrated, but didn’t dwell on it.” A correction was belatedly affixed to the story long after the changes had been made. BuzzFeed Kurtz: “I regret the mistake I made in writing about Jason Collins’ essay, and I hope I wasn’t insensitive in discussing it. 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.” HuffPost / The Backstory Kurtz has been regularly contributing to, and heavily promoting, a lesser-known media website with no financial ties to his full-time employer. The site, Daily Download, is a regular fixture in Kurtz’s Twitter feed and a place where he increasingly posts his takes on the state of media affairs. But no one is sure why, exactly, he’s so involved with this particular piece of Internet real estate.
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Per LA Observed:
Staffers at People’s LA office are being asked to volunteer to be bought out before someone else makes the decision for them. Here’s the letter the aptly named Larry Hackett sent his people at People:
From: Hackett, Larry — People
Sent: Mon Nov 10 09:41:28 2008
Subject: Staff Memo
As part of a broad Time Inc. work force reduction, I regret to announce that People magazine will be making cuts in its editorial staff. We are looking for the volunteers to accept severance packages in the following Guild-covered job classifications:
–up to 6 reporter-researchers
–up to 4 Los Angeles-based staff members from among staff correspondents and writer-editors
–up to 4 New York-based staff members from among staff correspondents, writer-editors and writer-reporters
–up to 3 copy editors
–1 research librarian
We are also looking for a up to two Guild-covered volunteers each in the Art Department and photo department, and one in the News Bureau.
According to Page Six, staffers in People magazine’s Los Angeles office are peeved that a former intern got a promotion because she’s “dating high-ranking male editor.”
“The celebrity weekly’s West Coast deputy bureau chief, Bryan Alexander, is said to be taking an extended vacation while his bosses figure out how to handle the situation. Insiders are buzzing that Time Inc. brass in New York recently learned of Alexander’s ongoing, yearlong relationship with Mary Margaret Acoymo.”
We don’t know if we’re jaded or bored, but this one doesn’t really do it for us. If we’re wrong and some great injustice has occurred, let us know. Otherwise, Page Six, is this the most interesting thing you’ve got?