Silverstein Takes On Kurtz

Following Howie Kurtz’s piece on Ken Silverstein’s piece for Harpers, Silverstein snaps back:

-“Earlier this year, when I was working with my editors to plan out a story about lobbyists willing to work for the Stalinist regime in Turkmenistan, I predicted that after the story was published Washington Post columnist Howard Kurtz would write a hand-wringing, tut-tutting column about our tactics. Right on schedule, Kurtz delivers his opinion. “No matter how good the story,” he writes, “lying to get it raises as many questions about journalists as their subjects.”

-“Kurtz is a reliable champion of ‘balanced’ coverage–such as the Post’s own 27-part series earlier this year on one of the lobby shops discussed in my story, Cassidy & Associates. That series came in with a whimper on March 4 and went out with a whimper five weeks later. A classic of “he-said, she-said” journalism, it uncovered little besides touching anecdotes about little Gerald Cassidy’s boyhood and, from what I can tell, was barely read and had little impact.”

-“I read Kurtz the APCO emails but couldn’t offer copies to him on Wednesday, when he called me, because I had already promised an exclusive to the Bill Moyers Journal. On Saturday, after the Moyers interview aired, I contacted Kurtz to offer him the emails but he declined, saying he had already filed his story.

Except that story wasn’t published until today. I know the Washington Post is Old Media, but surely Kurtz had time to review the emails and cite them in a story that was running two days later.”

Read the rest here.