Howard The Coward

Washington Post reporter and CNN host Howard Kurtz just finished an hour-long online chat. Over the course of that hour, Kurtz poo-pooed suggestions that the press has softpedaled UNSCAM, opined on the propriety of Martha Stewart appearing on NBC, and took no less than ten (out of 19) questions about “Deep Throat,” a possibly-fictional figure from a 31-year-old scandal.

The name “Eason Jordan” was never mentioned. Nor the words “Davos” or “Barney Frank” or “deliberately targeting journalists.” This despite the fact that high-traffic bloggers like Jim Geraghty and Hugh Hewitt prominently linked to Kurtz’s chat from the time it started at noon Eastern.

Anybody here believe that Kurtz didn’t receive a single question about Easongate today? I sure don’t–I sent half a dozen of them myself.

You’re a coward, Howard. Your silence, your outright stonewalling in failing to even mention a developing story about one of your bosses isn’t just deafening, it’s damning.

We’ll all remember this the next time you run a story about conflicts of interest in “journalism.” We’ll all remember you covering for your boss. Shame on you. You wouldn’t take this from another reporter–and certainly not from any politician–in the same position.

Shame on you.

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24 Responses to “Howard The Coward”

  1. The Baron Says:

    Howard Kurtz Urges Patience on Eason Jordan Story?

    Many are disappointed Howard Kurtz did not take a golden opportunity to address Easongate during his Media Backtalk session today.

    My friends, he did. With this exchange, Kurtz indirectly sent a message to bloggers, letting them know what is going …

  2. capitano Says:

    During Kurtz’ Reliable Sources interview with Tom Friedman (Sunday, 2/6/2005) there was much discussion about whether the Bush administration has been using the right approach to reach the Arab population when compared with the massive (negative) influence of Al Jazeera.

    KURTZ: Welcome back to RELIABLE SOURCES. Our special guest this half hour, “New York Times” foreign affairs columnist Tom Friedman.

    You’ve interviewed two French Muslim girls in Paris who say they get all of their news from Al Jazeera. You mentioned Al Jazeera earlier. Their hero is Osama bin Laden. Is Al Jazeera just beating the heck out of the United States in the message war?

    FRIEDMAN: We would be much better off, Howie, in terms of the message campaign buying ads on Al Jazeera than the money we’re spending on all these cockamamy radio shows and TV shows. We have not broken through.

    Now, part of the problem, we have to be honest about this, we do have a transmitter problem, in terms of just getting our voice out there and getting our act together to do it. But in fairness to the administration, there’s also a receiver problem. The receiver is broken. People don’t want to hear that under an American occupation in Iraq, Iraqis had their first free and fair election in modern times. Under an American occupation, and they all came out and voted against these Nasserite (ph) insurgents. They just don’t want to hear it in a lot of places. They don’t want to hear that under Israeli occupation, the Palestinians just had a free and fair election. And under the American occupation in Afghanistan, they had a free and fair election there.

    People — we don’t just have a transmitter problem, in fairness. We have a receiver problem.

    Kurtz is aware that a prominent journalist like Friedman believes that the deck is stacked against the Bush administration’s attempts to persuade the Al Jazeera audience that Bush means them no harm. So would Eason Jordan’s accusation that the U.S. military was targeting journalists for assassination help or hinder the underlying fairness? Could an honest journalist come away from the Friedman interview and avoid at least asking whether Jordan was playing to the anti-U.S. prejudice? Anyone? Anyone?

    All told it was a good interview on Friedman’s part, but the kicker was Howie’s closing critique of Geraldo’s exclusive interview with Michael Jackson.

    KURTZ: With a new Iraqi assembly still to pick a president and prime minister, I’m sure that television will keep its laser-like focus and not be distracted by sideshows.

    And speaking of sideshows, 1,000 members of media descending on California for the Jackson trial. This question: Is Geraldo Rivera a journalist or a defense lawyer?

    *****snip****

    KURTZ: No wonder Geraldo got the Jackson interview. He’s made no attempt to be fair and balanced. I’m tempted to say he’s in bed with Michael Jackson, figuratively speaking, of course.

    Now that’s chutzpa!

  3. This isn’t writing, it’s typing. Says:

    Let’s get frank

    Represenative Barney Frank has finally weighed in on Easongate, in a conversation with Michelle Malkin:Just got off the phone with Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), who spoke with me about Easongate. Rep. Frank was on the panel at Davos. Rep. Frank said Ea…

  4. Captain's Quarters Says:

    Will Kurtz Talk About Eason’s Fables?

    Howard Kurtz is in the middle of conducting his hour-long Media Backtalk live chat session. I and a number of CQ readers submitted questions on Eason’s Fables. Will Kurtz break the silence? So far (11:23 CT), he hasn’t. UPDATE: 11:34…

  5. Gerard Van der Leun Says:

    Stephen, three words:

    Fish.
    Barrel.
    Bang.

    Hey, I think I’ll blog it under those.

  6. Side-Lines Says:

    http://americandigest.org/sidelines/archives/2005/02/vodkapundit_how.html

    Vodkapundit – Howard The Coward Washington Post reporter and CNN host Howard Kurtz just finished an hour-long online chat. Over the course of that hour, Kurtz poo-pooed suggestions that the press has softpedaled UNSCAM, opined on the propriety of Marth…

  7. Ed Driscoll.com Says:

    Eason Jordan Update

    Barney Frank is talking. Howard Kurtz is not. (Needless to say, Jordan isn’t either.) John Hinderaker of Power Line writes, “This story is playing out in excruciatingly slow motion, but the ending has already been written: Eason Jordan is finished.”…

  8. The Sundries Shack Says:

    The Eason Jordan Story…Still Invisible.

    Here’s now it stands today.

    Howard Kurtz, media critic assuming that the media being criticized isn’t actually media for which he works, had his live online chat on the Washington Post’s web site. He took 19 questions and here’s how they broke d…

  9. La Shawn Barber's Corner Says:

    EJR IV: Eason Jordan’s Remarks Confirmed By U.S. Congressman

    Please see the Easongate category for the complete background (especially useful for Kerry Spot readers) on the developing Eason Jordan story.

    As much as I’d like to do original reporting on this story, as several of my fellow bloggers are doing, I…

  10. Rod Stanton Says:

    Just like Rathergate the MSM is stonewalling. The MSM are all of one mind. This is why it is rational, and logocal to refer to “them” in the collective MSM.
    Eason like Rather is one of “them”. Kurtz when talking about Rathergate uses a different name and never mentions these facts:
    Dan worked on the TANG smear for almost 6 years 1998 – 2004.
    Dan and his kin are, and have been for decades, very partisan Democrats.
    To the MSM it is “them” against us. They will bury this if they can.

  11. Powerpundit Says:

    Eason Jordan Cover-Up In The Making

    A cover-up of the Eason Jordan affair is in the making. The videotape of the session in which Jordan accused the U.S. military of killing journalists might not be released. Hugh asked earlier if CNN might have gotten to Davos’ Adams? Captain Ed is dema…

  12. Powerpundit Says:

    Eason Jordan Cover-Up In The Making

    A cover-up of the Eason Jordan affair is in the making. The videotape of the session in which Jordan accused the U.S. military of killing journalists might not be released. Hugh asked earlier if CNN might have gotten to Davos’ Adams? Captain Ed is aski…

  13. AllenS Says:

    Give it up. This story about Eason Jordan isn’t going anywhere. The MSM isn’t going to cover it. The blogosphere is all a twitter, and that’s all that is going to happen here. The MSM probably knows what he said, and they don’t care. Dan Rather is still doing the CBS news. Understand?

  14. rosignol Says:

    Give it up. This story about Eason Jordan isn’t going anywhere. The MSM isn’t going to cover it.

    They said the same thing about Trent Lott. And Memogate.

    Stay on it, I say.

  15. The Key Monk Says:

    Protecting One of Their Own?

    . . . the MSM has known about this for quite some time, and has spiked the story to save Jordan’s skin.

  16. Robin Roberts Says:

    I’ll stay on it, I can be stubborn.

  17. 6Gun Says:

    The pendulum swings. First, decades of MSM mendacity and everybody looked away or swallowed whole, depanding on POV.

    Then, internet press and blogs. Big ruckus in all the right places: CBS, NYT, you name it. Blood ran in the streets.

    Next: Silencing the blogs by ignoring them. The current phase.

    Finally, the landscape will take on its final orientation: MSM drops 20% readership; Internet becomes a more credible, more saturated broadsheet.

    Keep it up. It’s the only hope.

  18. Cosmo Says:

    I hope the optimists above are right.

    But those of us who think MSM outlets like the New York Times or CNN will be chastened by declining readership or viewership are likely to be disappointed.

    The global audience of those pre-disposed to the cheap anti-American bigotry and ‘progressive’ nostrums peddled in MSM ‘news’ coverage can be counted in the billions, certainly dwarfing any domestic audience these media companies could capture (or lose) within the U.S., no matter what their political slant.

    Thus, losing the ‘red state’ domestic audience is no big deal to them and — for now anyway — the blogosphere remains little more than a nuisance.

    The blogosphere may need some Bernard Goldberg-style defections — or maybe the defection of a major media outlet itself — in order to recognize its revolutionary potential and break through the noise of what the Eason Jordon’s tell the world about America.

  19. rosignol Says:

    I don’t want them ‘chastened’.

    I want them out of business for having the arrogance and presumption to think that they get to decide what is or isn’t news. It may have been true in the 20th century, but not today.

    Evolve or die.

  20. The Cliffs of Insanity Says:

    Eason Jordan Controversy Gathers Steam

    The first victim has fallen, as “media critic” Howard Kurtz sees his web cred crumble faster than a Section 8 housing project. The blogosphere is seeing Kurtz’s failure to cover this story as a cowardly cover-up for his employer. Vodka Pundit leads the…

  21. bp Says:

    Kurtz: If I don’t write about it, it didn’t happen.

  22. Michelle Malkin Says:

    EASONGATE: KAUS VS. KURTZ

    Mickey Kaus passes along word that Howard Kurtz will have a story on Easongate in tomorrow’s (well, tonight’s) paper. Kaus publishes Kurtz’s e-mail to him, and Kurtz seems a little…well, read it yourself: I have a story in tomorrow’s paper….

  23. A Straight Shot Of Politics Says:

    Democracy Begins At Home

    There has been a lot of pointless blather about the “value of democracy” on conservative blogs lately. That is, when they haven’t been busy witch hunting a stupid, offhand remark by a reporter of a major news organization in their relentless pursuit of…

  24. protein wisdom Says:

    in which I decide to pass the buck, so that I can run to Best Buy and pick up the new Malcolm X DVD

    Everything you wanted to know about the Eason Jordan affair but couldn't possibly expect me to write about, this being a rather one-dimensional little Jew humor blog and all…

    Oh. And as long as we're on the subject of on…

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