Kaiser: Howard Kurtz's Washington Post/CNN Dual Roles "The Most Blatant And Longest-Lasting Conflict Of Interest" In Journalism

03/28/2008 02:46 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Charles Kaiser Radar

Howard Kurtz is the self-styled prince of American media reporters, a writing, blogging, book-writing machine who has covered the press for the Washington Post since 1990, and pontificated about it for CNN--as host of Reliable Sources--since 1998.

Last week was typical for Kurtz: nine articles in the Post, including a big profile of Chris Matthews, three blogs, and one online discussion, all capped off with his Sunday show on CNN. This never-ending blizzard of activity has sometimes obscured the basic fact about Kurtz's career: His dual roles as salaried press critic for the Post and salaried host on CNN put Howie at the heart of the most blatant and longest-lasting conflict of interests I know of in big-time, mainstream journalism.

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