Daily Beast fires Howard Kurtz after it retracts blog post on Jason Collins

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The Daily Beast announced Thursday that it has parted ways with prominent journalist Howard Kurtz just hours after retracting a post he wrote about gay NBA player Jason Collins.

“The Daily Beast and Howard Kurtz have parted company,” Editor-in-Chief Tina Brown said in a statement.

The Daily Beast issued a retraction of Mr. Kurtz’s blog about the NBA player, who just this week announced publicly that he is gay.

Kurtz had criticized Collins in his original blog post, saying he “didn’t come clean” about his engagement in the Sports Illustrated piece, when in reality, Collins mentioned it early in the article. In Kurtz’s amended version, he added that Collins “downplayed” the engagement and “didn’t dwell on it.”

Under the direction of our newly named political director John Avlon we have added new momentum and authority to our Washington bureau,” Brown’s statement continued, “with columnists such as Jon Favreau, Joshua Dubois and Stuart Stevens joining our outstanding DC team.”

Mr. Kurtz tweeted Thursday afternoon that he enjoyed his time at the Beast, “but as we began to move in different directions, both sides agreed it was best to part company.”

“This was in the works for some time, but want to wish all my colleagues continued success with a terrific website,” he added.

 

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