01/15/2013 04:23 pm ET

Jodie Foster, Anderson Cooper, Howard Kurtz... And Me

Kurtz doesn't think it's a conflict for him to have anything to do with Daily Beast coverage of CNN, his other job; I disagree. But I'm writing this now because he used words like "offensive and absurd." That was in public: In an email to my boss Ben Smith, he wrote: "The story about me and Anderson Cooper is wrong in many respects. I'm surprised I wasn't given a chance to respond and had to hear about this from Politico." In a subsequent email, he wrote, "your staffer was really irresponsible."