Media Writer & Media Referee

By Brian 

The New York Times wakes up to Howard Kurtz‘s “highly unusual double role as media writer for The [Washington] Post and media referee for” CNN in a piece titled “Journalist, Cover Thyself” in Monday editions. On Sunday, Kurtz interviewed his boss Len Downie on Reliable Sources.

CNN VP David Bohrman says Kurtz is “as tough as anybody” on the network, and adds that his dual roles at The Post and CNN serve as a useful “check and balance,” because if he were “throttled or stifled at one place, he has another platform to get it out.”

But Mickey Kaus says there is an inherent conflict, no matter how fair he is, and says “Len Downie is in denial about it.” More…