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 CNN.com. 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. Kurtz did a segment on Rep. Keith Ellison calling Hannity “the worst excuse for a journalist I’ve ever seen.” Kurtz then declared, “Hannity’s not a journalist. He’s a conservative commentator.” He went on to say that Hannity was right in this particular situation and Ellison was in the wrong for going on the show and attacking the host.
And when Fox News dumped Glenn Beck, Howie compared MSNBC to Fox News and said MSNBC’s opinionated hosts weren’t “making things up” like the so-called journalism Beck performed on Fox News.
Congratulations to Howie on taking over the network’s show, “Fox News Watch.” We look forward to seeing what he does with it. According to some at CNN, the host needed a fresh start. Added a CNN manager, “Meh.”
Graphic by Austin Price. Justin McLachlan contributed to this report.