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The Daily Beast Fires Howard Kurtz

The Daily Beast just dropped the axe on Howard Kurtz. Tina Brown tweeted, “The Daily Beast and Howard Kurtz have parted company. We wish him well.”

Kurtz has been under fire recently for an idiotic column he penned on Jason Collins. In the piece, Kurtz tried to “get” Collins by claiming that he “wasn’t telling the whole story” because Collins didn’t say in his coming out tale that he was engaged to a woman.

Except that Collins did. Which made Kurtz’s entire “slam” of Collins look absolutely horrible. It was so bad The Daily Beast issued a formal retraction of the column and apologized. And now the company has retracted Kurtz’s employment.

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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. Read more

Jason Collins Piece Brings Record Traffic to Sports Illustrated

When you publish a scoop like the Jason Collins story, you’re bound to enjoy a traffic boost. However, we do wonder if Sports Illustrated expected record numbers. According to the magazine, SI.com netted almost four million unique visitors yesterday, as a direct result of the Collins article. It was the most traffic ever for the magazine’s site.

The 3.7 million visitors bested SI.com’s previous high of 3.6 million, set on February 9, 2010. That day featured the power-packed combo of the Winter Olympics and the debut of that year’s swimsuit issue.

Collins’ coming out tale beat bobsledding and bikinis. Not bad. Not bad at all.

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Barry Diller Admits Buying Newsweek Was A Mistake (FishbowlNY)
The “Most Honest And Unintentionally Depressing Answer Of The Day” award goes to Barry Diller, IAC’s chairman. In an interview with Bloomberg TV, Diller admits that buying Newsweek was a mistake, and even adds that the all-digital NewsBeast isn’t likely to succeed: “For a news magazine, which is a bit of an odd phrase today, it was not possible to print it any longer. We said we will offer digital products. We have a very solid newsroom. We will see. I do not have great expectations. I wish I had not bought Newsweek. It was a mistake.” Bloomberg Businessweek IAC doesn’t officially disclose financial figures for the Newsweek/Daily Beast unit. A person with direct knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg News in July the business would probably lose as much as $22 million in 2012. The publisher cut editorial jobs in December in an effort to hold down expenses. Read more

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Barry Diller Admits Buying Newsweek Was A Mistake (FishbowlNY)
The “Most Honest And Unintentionally Depressing Answer Of The Day” award goes to Barry Diller, IAC’s chairman. In an interview with Bloomberg TV, Diller admits that buying Newsweek was a mistake, and even adds that the all-digital NewsBeast isn’t likely to succeed: “For a news magazine, which is a bit of an odd phrase today, it was not possible to print it any longer. We said we will offer digital products. We have a very solid newsroom. We will see. I do not have great expectations. I wish I had not bought Newsweek. It was a mistake.” Bloomberg Businessweek IAC doesn’t officially disclose financial figures for the Newsweek/Daily Beast unit. A person with direct knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg News in July the business would probably lose as much as $22 million in 2012. The publisher cut editorial jobs in December in an effort to hold down expenses.

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How Sports Illustrated Scored The Jason Collins Story

In a thought-provoking Sports Illustrated article, Jason Collins — who played for the Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics this NBA season — just became the first openly gay male athlete in one of America’s most popular professional sports. It’s an amazing scoop for SI, and one that came together quickly.

Chris Stone, SI’s managing editor, explained that they didn’t know Collins’ identity or if he was going to go through with telling his tale, until only six days ago. Franz Lidz, the writer who co-authored the piece with Collins, was the only person who knew the details, until the SI team sat down with Collins on the 24th:

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