Kurtz on Wonkettes, Waas

Two interesting notes from yesterday’s Washington Post chat with Howard Kurtz.

First, he discusses the decision by the Wonkette boys (boy?) to publish the MySpace photos of politicians’ children.

    Boston, Mass.: “Why do you think it’s appropriate to discuss and link to sleazy stories on gossip blogs? Is it just for the ratings?”

    Howard Kurtz: Define sleazy. “After all, I’ve also spent years writing about seamy stories that appear in newspapers and magazines, a number of which involved prominent politicians. It’s not like this stuff didn’t exist until bloggers came along.” …

    On sleazy (Boston, Mass.): “In particular I’m talking about linking to the Wonkette posts with embarrassingly puerile MySpace photos of the children of prominent politicians. That seemed to be rather below reasonable standards.”

    Howard Kurtz: “Once people like Bill Frist are forced to respond — and this was picked up by lots of other media, by the way — I considered it legitimate. Of course, you always have the option of not clicking on a link if I’m describing something you find distasteful (or even boring!)”

Kurtz also addressed the difference between Murray Waas and Tony Snow, both cancer survivors, on which is more professional — the Waas approach of keeping it under wraps or the Snow approach of open and honest?

    Kurtz: “I think everyone has to make his or her own judgment about how to deal with such matters. In Snow’s case, it was already known because he had told the world what he was going through when he took a leave from his radio show. In Waas’s case, it was something that he chose not to talk about publicly until now, when he asked me if I would write about it because he felt it was going to come out and he wanted to put it behind him.”

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