After more than three decades with the Washington Post, media reporter and host of CNN’s “Reliable Sources” Howard Kurtz has decided to flee to the greener pastures of the Interwebz. He’s heading to The Daily Beast to lead the site’s political and campaign reporting as well as to continue his work on the media. Kurtz will continue to host “Reliable Sources.”
“After a lifetime in newspapers, I’m ready for the challenge of fast-paced online journalism,” Kurtz said in a statement on The DB.
The move is kind of surprising and seems to have caught most of the analog media world off guard. As the New York Times points out, Kurtz just recently wrote skeptically about the nature of online journalism. “Our mission — and we have no choice but to accept it — is to grab some of that traffic that could otherwise end up at hundreds of other places, even blogs riffing off the reporting that your own publication has done. Naturally, those who grew up as analog reporters wonder: Is journalism becoming a popularity contest?”
Guess he decided he needed to sit at the cool kids’ lunch table.
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