Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
Posted: 05/6/2013 1:00 AM | Comments: 0
NEW YORK -- Media critic Howard Kurtz used his CNN show on Sunday to point a finger at himself, apologizing for a story on gay basketball player Jason Collins that he said was riddled with errors and shouldn't have been written in the first place.
The extraordinary edition of CNN's Reliable Sources contained not only his apology but also a session with two other media critics who sharply questioned Kurtz's credibility.
Kurtz wrote in the Daily Beast that Collins, the NBA centre who made headlines last week by being the first active player in one of the four major U.S. pro sports leagues to come out as gay, had hidden a previous engagement to a woman in his announcement. In fact, Collins revealed the engagement in his first-person Sports Illustrated story and in a subsequent interview with ABC's George Stephanopoulos.
Kurtz said Sunday he read the SI story too quickly and missed the reference to a fiancée there and elsewhere. He said he was wrong to rush the story without seeking comment from Collins, was too slow to correct himself when it became clear he was wrong and made an inappropriate comment (about playing "both sides of the court") in a video report.
Besides his errors, Kurtz said, the story itself was insensitive and shouldn't have been written.
-- The Associated Press
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 6, 2013 D2
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