After 15 years, Howard Kurtz signs off as host of 'Reliable Sources' with reflections on his time at CNN.
Howie, I miss you on RS! Your show was one of my favorites! If your departure was based on making a mistake, that is a pitiful excuse for letting you go. Now in retrospect, it makes more sense to me why one portion of the show was devoted to your apology and extensive grilling. I remember thinking, yes, an apology was necessary, but it appeared you were being punished and made to have your face rubbed in it. We all make mistakes. You handled it well, owned up to it, and moved on. I wish you the best in your new endeavors! You're a class act and a true (not perfect), reliable source!
I loved today's show (7/21). No more cotton candy!! I go to Politico because that is usually one of the few places to find truth, not ideological spin.
I want to know what happened to Soledade O'Brien. Is she no longer with CNN?
Don't like the way this was handled.
1. WHY a surprise after 15 years, do you think so little of your viewers
2. Zucker in AND Howie out?
3. There goes the only TV criticism of media
4. how much did this relate to Howie recent screw up
5. CNN are you that dumb that you could not smooth this out?
6. GOING to Fox means he no longer exist. Howie yes you are getting paid, BUT your class has now left the building, YOU are being used because Fox knows it is not perceived as legitimate.
Sound like Howie GOT early start on Fox gig this last Sunday. He seemed heavy on conservative side Sunday, all of which fits well with Fox.
1. DEEN was being abused????? or unfairly treated. Where else can a boss state those things and not expect backlash, what public companies would not be sensitive to a company spokesperson stating that stuff?
2. Media championing gay rights. Howie you mean the other 364 days of the year that hetero stuff is shove down their throats does not count on the ledger. How many times in your life has the media presented hetero couples kissing for the viewer, million, billion? How many times a gay couple kissing for average viewer 5-6 times in their life.
Howie you disappoint, and if it is a CNN issue, you should say it.
The ONE good thing about Fox is they are not racist in behavior. A liberal will tell you about minority rights (and just like you had a dearth of minorities on your panels until recently, they will behave the opposite).
A conservative will say horrible things, BUT Fox hires minorities. You can learn from that.
Thanks for the good Howie, little disappointed at the style of the end.
But all in all you were a major plus to the zeitgeist
Its tough to see Howie go. He, Fareed and Candy really get to the heart and the truth of the news. Howie provided intelligence for his viewers that allowed us to separate the food from the fodder. It is evident that his recent slip cost him in the long run. Sunday's news line up will never be the same. I watched reliable sources this morning and while good was not Howie. Mr. Kurtz you will be sorely missed.
Shame on you, Howie. Sundays will never be the same. How could you go over to Fixed News? I will never watch that network. Never, never, never.
No. It is NOT "Fixed" News. It is Fox News. It is a thoroughly legitimate news network, and you know it. And if you are going to do the typical name-calling lefty whining, than we will simply mock you.
Congrats to Howard on his new gig.
Howard Kurtz, Candy Crowley, and Fareed Zakaria are the reason I get up on Sunday mornings. So sad to see Howie go. But how can can a guy who devoted 15 years of his professional life to being a watchdog against media bias take a job with Fox News? Sorry, Howie. You just turned to the dark side, and in so doing, you just lost my respect. Your leaving CNN for Fox News isn't just sad. It's tragic.
"Dark side", my backside. Moving over to Fox News is a good move.
I'm also sorry to see Howard Kurtz go – wonder if it had anything to do with that self-flagellation at the beginning of the episode a few weeks ago? Going to Fox, eh? Well, what other choice would he have. Still. Glad to hear that RS will stay on the air at CNN, though – hope the next host does as good a job as HK. That there should even BE such a show on the air in this era is a minor miracle, IMO.
This was one of the best Sunday morning talk shows. Hate to see Howie go. He will be missed.
No mention of Bernard Kalb? Disappointing.
Tolerance. Today's show was about tolerance for gays, and zero tolerance for Paula saying the N word. So, why did Terence Smith"s comment about," ...Not one person under 200 lbs". get a laugh from the panel? Is it OK to laugh at fat people? That behavior should not be tolerated.
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