Howard Kurtz Fired by Daily Beast for Saying Jason Collins Hid Fiancé

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Friday, 03 May 2013 09:59 AM

By Michael Mullins

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Howard Kurtz has been fired by The Daily Beast after erroneously criticizing NBA player Jason Collins' supposed tell-all about being gay without revealing his previous engagement to professional women's basketball player Carolyn Moos.

Turns out, the engagement was mentioned in the Sports Illustrated piece about Collins being homosexual and also was mentioned in at least one TV news interview that Kurtz probably should have known about.

Moos says Collins never told her he was gay.

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Kurtz's firing on Thursday came hours after The Daily Beast retracted a blog post Kurtz titled "Jason Collins’ Other Secret."

As has become the norm in most high-profile firings, the announcement came via Twitter, from Daily Beast/Newsweek chief Tina Brown.

Kurtz responded with a volley of his own Tweets.

Kurtz was The Daily Beast and Newsweek’s Washington bureau chief and wrote for the Beast's Spin Cycle blog. Kurtz is a longtime media reporter who served as a columnist for The Washington Post until leaving in 2010.

Kurtz also hosts CNN’s weekly media program "Reliable Sources."

A source told TVNewser Thursday that Kurtz’s current deal with CNN will likely be his last.

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"People here have been groaning about Howie for years," a source at CNN told Politico. "He’s like the Dick Morris of media critics — just shoddy and out of the game."

Dick Morris, the former Fox News political commentator and advisor to President Bill Clinton, inaccurately predicted a big win for former Gov. Mitt Romney over President Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election.

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