2/11/2005

Hypocrite of the week: Howie Kurtz

From BuzzFlash.com:
Kurtz, alleged media critic for the Washington Post, took to the Wolf Blitzer CNN show to indignantly defend the faux journalist with a pseudonym, Jeff Gannon.
In what can only be described as journalistic malfeasance, the controversial Kurtz came to the defense of the mysterious right-wing pseudo-journalist, claiming that bloggers had wrongly dug into his personal life. Kurtz went on to opine that any journalist could get a day pass to the White House and ask the President a question. In short, Kurtz made Gannon (aka James Guckert) out to be the victim of some sort of liberal witch hunt.
Following the Gannon story, anyone with half a brain cell realizes that Kurtz's comments are simply damage control bullet points from or for the White House. The blogging world did what the lackey mainstream press will no longer do, expose a story that is at the epicenter of the deceit and propaganda media campaign central to how the Bush Cartel continues to control America. The Gannon story touches upon everything from manufactured news to manufactured "reporters" to the Valerie Plame affair to websites that have a connection to the White House, but appear independent, to a Bush Cartel hypocrisy about gays, to payola, to scripted Bush news conferences, to who knows what. This is a BIG media story that should be on the cover of the New York Times and Post.
But it isn't, of course. They know what their marching orders are.
And what did Howard Kurtz do? Why, he participated in the White House propaganda campaign by coming to the aid of one of their faux-journalist agents, a guy who was there for the sole purpose of helping move along the White House message points and to keep the news conferences and gaggles from getting derailed by the truth.
Hey, Howard, let's just poke one small hole in your tortured "Gannon as Victim" White House message point. In this day of post-911 security, would any reporter using a pseudonym who had no prior record of reporting and supposedly built gay pimp websites . . . be granted a security clearance? Can just any reporter get a day pass and end up asking Bush a question?
Which brings us to this: what is Kurtz's real name? That's what we want to know. And what is his connection to the White House beyond being married to Arnold Schwarzenegger's former public relations director, a woman who ran media campaigns for a slew of right wing initiatives in the Golden State? Oh, I guess we are getting too personal now, aren't we, Howard?
By the way, should we mention that it was a triple-hat week for Kurtz and his heart of media darkness and duplicity? There's his mind-boggling and nonsensical defense of the fabricated journalist calling himself Jeff Gannon. Then Kurtz accepted the White House Press Secretary's "word" that the Bush Administration had nothing to do with an exclusion list meant to keep Democrats from a Presidential speech in Fargo, North Dakota. The next day, a North Dakota newspaper proved that the list came from, you guessed it, the White House. Then, all in 7 days, Slate took Kurtz to task for "crafting a careful damage-controlling column about CNN news chief Eason Jordan." Uh, did we mention that Kurtz moonlights for CNN? (He's the host of "Reliable Sources" - how ironic!)
You know, if the Washington Post had any journalistic standards, Kurtz would have been fired long ago. His beat is the media after all, not defending the White House.
Until next week, just remember our motto at BuzzFlash.com: So many Republican hypocrites, so little time.

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