On CNN Reliable Sources show today, host Howard Kurtz apologized for the Jason Collins accusations that preceded his firing from the Daily Beast, and discussed the misfire with Politico’s Dylan Byers and NPR’s David Folkenflik.
The Daily Beast retracted a column about NBA player Jason Collins by Kurtz this week, and was announced ending its relationship with Howard Kurtz after he falsely claimed that the player had not disclosed that he had once been engaged to a woman.
“On Monday, I read the ‘Sports Illustrated’ article by Jason Collins, the first pro male-team athlete to come out publicly as gay. I read it too fast and carelessly missed that Jason Collins said he was engaged previously to a woman and [I] then wrote and commented that he was wrong to keep that from readers when, in fact, I was the one that was wrong.
“My logic between what happened between Jason Collins and his former fiance and what was and wasn’t disclosed — in hindsight, well, I was wrong to even raise that and showed a lack of sensitivity to the issue.
“Also, I didn’t give him a chance to respond to my account before I wrote it and in addition my first correction to the story was not as complete and full as it should have been.”
Kurtz also stated his exit from The Daily Beast had nothing to do with the Jason Collins debacle and had been planned for some time.