Howard Kurtz Is Not Too Big To Join the Kurt Bardella Pile On After Darrell Issa Snafu

Howard Kurtz, the former Washington Post media critic and current Washington bureau chief at The Daily Beast, suffered some embarrassment earlier this year when he admitted to waiting six weeks before running a correction on a factually inaccurate article. Kurtz thought he was speaking with up-and-coming Republican Darrell Issa, who he quoted extensively, dubbing the man the "GOP's New Top Cop." Over a month later, Kurtz issued his correction, clarifying that he had been speaking to Issa's spokesman, Kurt Bardella, not the congressman himself. But now that Bardella has gone and got himself fired, Kurtz is more than willing to blame Bardella, even for their own unconnected mix-up, which had nothing to do with Bardella losing his job.

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The Huffington Post Gets Blacker, Howard Kurtz Gets Paid as Press Clips Returns

Press Clips has long, if intermittently, been the name of the media column at the Village Voice, years ago on paper in the hands of journalists like Sydney Schanberg and Keach Hagey, before being brought to this blog by some untamed rabble-rouser called Foster Kamer. But as a wise man once wrote, "what this town really needs is more media reporters!" So once a day, in this space, I'll round-up noteworthy stories touching on TV, print and the web with a dash of criticism, some reading recommendations and probably some reports of altogether too-insidery comings and goings. Tips and tricks are more than welcome. Shall we?

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Alex Alvarez Escapes MediaBistro for Abrams Gulag of Mediaite

Who among New York City's media set has never read a single MediaBistro mailer or blog? Nobody. Which is strange, because it's not like they break crazy news or anything! But it is a clearing house for two things: (1) Everything That Happens in Media, Especially in New York City and (2) Good Talent, who peaces the fuck out of there as soon as someone offers them a salary that's slightly above what bad subway buskers rake in, because even those guys make more than MediaBistro bloggers. Such is the case with Fishbowl NY blogger Alex Alvarez, whose hard work has finally paid off with a job in the Dan Abrams Gulag of Media. Press Clips, Day 24, The MediaBistro Conspiracy Edition.More »

Press Clips: Scattered Showers of Media Men

The New York Observer's man-tastic new look! Big ups to Bill O'Reilly. Breitbart wants us all to die, or something. Hugo-a-go-go at the Times Magazine. Pissy paywall battles, angry clowns, the Lloyd Grove Orgy, and more! Press Clips, Day 17, Lunch Edition, right here.

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Press Clips: Do Not Let Robert Thomson Behead Anyone This Week, Please

VICTORY! for a New York City newspaper, while the rest are going down, down, in an earlier round. A new, familiar byline at New York's Vulture, and a new, familiar byline at AgencySpy. The iPad is still just The iPad, but Twitter is definitely still Twitter. Howard Kurtz at The Daily Beast is still Howard Kurtz. Let's all hack the New Yorker! Press Clips, Day 15, Late and Mostly Scandal-Free Edition, right here.
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The Sad, Bullshit Story of Washington Post Blogger Dave Weigel's Resignation

Via Wonkette.
This is a story you should familiarize yourself with, for two reasons: (1) You may hear more about it over the weekend. And (2) It's a story about the state of dialogue and opinion, of ethical gray lines and competing reporters, and the way a fast news cycle -- like a strong tide -- can politicize an issue until it ends in the worst way possible. Until earlier today, the Washington Post had a very popular, well-liked blogger named Dave Weigel. He handed in his resignation to the Post this afternoon. Why?

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Reminder: MediaBistro Founder Laurel Touby Has More Money Than Her Husband, You, Me, Basically Everyone in New York Media

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Monolith-helming corporate magnates not withstanding, as far as NYC media types go, Laurel Touby is loaded. She can and will stunt on you. The former freelance writer founded MediaBistro -- that website with the jobs and the pricy seminars for people who don't actually get paid to write and the newsy blogs and the morning media news mailer with an abnormally high open rate because its readers are all insane -- and sold it for a grip of cash (Twenty. Three. Milli.) right before everything went to hell. That was two years ago. What's she up to now?

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