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Daily Beast Drops Howard Kurtz (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
The Daily Beast is dropping Howard Kurtz, the veteran media critic who made headlines this week for his erroneous report about NBA star Jason Collins. “The Daily Beast and Howard Kurtz have parted company,” Tina Brown, the site’s editor-in-chief, said in a statement sent to Politico. The decision comes after Kurtz published a blog post that falsely asserted that Collins, who announced he was gay in an article for Sports Illustrated, had neglected to mention his previous engagement to a woman. In fact, Collins mentioned that engagement in the article and in a subsequent interview with ABC News. The Daily Beast retracted that post on Thursday morning. The Washington Post / Erik Wemple Following Brown’s announcement, Kurtz tweeted: “I’ve enjoyed my time at the Daily Beast but as we began to move in different directions, both sides agreed it was best to part company.” He added: “This was in the works for some time, but want to wish all my colleagues continued success with a terrific website.” TVNewser Kurtz joined the Daily Beast in October 2010, after leaving The Washington Post. His tenure at the Daily Beast includes some big interviews with the likes of Roger Ailes and Matt Lauer, but was also filled with controversy. We wrote about a ridiculous item he filed about TV coverage of the primaries, and he emailed a Daily Beast colleague to discourage her from writing about Anderson Cooper’s sexuality. He also was reluctant to give credit when others broke stories, and was loathe to correct errors, a number of which were in his big interview with Lauer. The Wrap / WaxWord Howard Kurtz and his weekly Reliable Sources media talk show are under review after his firing from the Daily Beast over erroneous reporting, a CNN spokeswoman told The Wrap on Thursday. “We are reviewing it,” the spokeswoman told The Wrap. Jeff Zucker, the new chieftain at CNN is “supportive” of Kurtz’s show, but the network is unhappy with the error and is reviewing it, the spokeswoman said. Another senior executive at Turner said that there was no planned change with the show, but that it would ultimately be Zucker’s decision. HuffPost / The Backstory Despite his claim that he is merely a contributor, there are rumors that Kurtz has a larger role in the Daily Download. According to one media executive who spoke to HuffPost on condition of anonymity, Kurtz characterized himself as a partner in the Daily Download during a conversation last year. Separately, a journalist who was approached by Kurtz to work at Daily Download told HuffPost that he presented the site as a start-up he was developing along with editor-in-chief Lauren Ashburn.

New York Is Magazine of the Year at National Magazine Awards (Ad Age / Media News)
New York magazine was named magazine of the year at the annual National Magazine Awards on Thursday night, taking home a prize only introduced in 2010 to honor brands that excel in both print and digital media. It was one of two awards for New York, a perennial success at the National Magazine Awards. NYT National Geographic received the highest number of awards with four honors, including best multimedia for its “Cheetahs on the Edge” article, which ran with its November iPad edition, and best tablet magazine. New York, The Atlantic and Texas Monthly each won two awards.

Critical National Review Rubio Cover Edits Out Grover Norquist (TPM / LiveWire)
The National Review unveiled its May cover on Thursday, entitled “Rubio’s Folly” and written jointly by Mark Krikorian and the magazine’s editors. The photo on the cover appears to be a stripped down version, however, missing some unlikely attendees at the event. It features a smiling Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) flanked by Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and John McCain (R-AZ) from an April 18 event where they officially rolled out the “Gang of Eight” proposal. But look closer over Rubio’s shoulder in the original photo and you’ll spot anti-tax crusader and right-wing hero Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. BuzzFeed “Sorry, Grover. But our extensive market research shows that partially obscured bearded anti-tax activists do very poorly on our covers,” National Review editor Rich Lowry told BuzzFeed.

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