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Yesterday marked the end of Howard Kurtz’ tenure at the Washington Post and his The Daily Beast debut.
At the end of his final Media Notes, Kurtz writes, “I confess that I enjoyed David Carr’s New York Times line about my job switch prompting the most gasps since Dylan went electric in 1965. But that ain’t me, babe. While I would not have made such a leap even two years ago, it is an evolutionary move, not a revolutionary one, as we all grasp for ways to sustain and reinvent journalism.”
Kurtz will remain in the hosting reigns for CNN’s Reliable Sources, so this is more like when Dylan found out he could publish instantly on a blog rather than plugging into an amp. At Tina Brown’s Beast, which has now publicly announced an end to a proposed merger with Newsweek according to the Wall Street Journal, Kurtz will take on the newly minted Washington Bureau Chief role.
Fittingly Kurtz ran his first Beast article yesterday with a topic he has experience in: How The Media Blew The Midterms. The lede?
“The media narrative by now is set in concrete: The voters are teed off, rising up, mad as hell and ready to wreak havoc.”
Already Kurtz is out to flex his claws into something a bit more fierce–shall we say, “talons”–when it comes to his new home.
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