As one of the country’s most recognizable media-critic personalities, Howard Kurtz regularly covers errors by journalists who speed through their work. Yesterday he committed precisely such an error, posting an item titled “Jason Collins’ Other Secret,” accusing the NBA player of omitting a “detail” from his headline-making coming-out story: Namely, that he had been engaged to a woman.
Collins did make that disclosure, right smack in his first-person story in Sports Illustrated.
Confronted with the dissonance between his piece and Collins’ narrative, Kurtz updated his story to accuse the player of “downplaying” the detail.
And right there Kurtz could have left things. Other reporters and news outlets have stood by more egregious errors. The Daily Caller, for instance, exists to make journalism feel OK about suppressing corrections.
But Kurtz’s living flows from questioning why other outlets don’t come clean on their quite-obvious errors. So the Daily Beast has retracted the Collins cheap shot. “The Daily Beast sincerely regrets Kurtz’s error—and any implication that Collins attempted to hide or obscure the engagement,” notes the retraction.