A CNN host spent part of Sunday morning getting grilled by his own show after he was let go from his other job. Media critic Howard Kurtz was fired by the Daily Beast after writing an article about NBA player Jason Collins that was criticized as faulty, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Kurtz wrote that when Collins came out as gay, he didn’t acknowledge that he had once been engaged to a woman. But Collins had actually talked about his engagement in the piece he wrote for Sports Illustrated.
On his CNN show, "Reliable Sources," Kurtz gave a lengthy apology to Collins, saying he had read the story "too fast" and had missed the section where he wrote about his engagement.
Then Kurtz was grilled by two other media reporters, NPR’s David Folkenflik and Politico’s Dylan Byers.
Kurtz told the two reporters he "should be held to a higher standard." He added that "sometimes under deadline pressure … I have not been as careful" as he would have been on a longer article. He said he would "leave it to others to judge if I have taken on too much."