Howard Kurtz is My Hero

Journalist Howard Kurtz has been goofing up lately, but the way he addressed it this past weekend is incredibly impressive (as can be seen in the below video). It’s rare, almost unheard of in any context, for someone to so maturely grapple with the truth of his own errors and flaws. (How refreshing is honesty!)

The very fact that CNN allowed this interview to take place at all is fascinating. Talk about, however briefly, a “no-spin zone.” And the journalists assigned to grill him don’t pull a single punch.

Can you imagine this happening at Fox News? Would former Pope Benedict ever sit down for such an interview?

In any case, this is a life-affirming example of someone recommitting himself to adult behavior and reason. George Orwell would be proud of Howard Kurtz. It is what vulnerable and honest discourse looks like. Would that we could all face uncomfortable truths before the gaze of others so admirably.

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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3 Responses to Howard Kurtz is My Hero

  1. Wow! That’s how it’s done. No, really. I truly want to hear someone face off with the Pope “let’s unpack this a bit here…. what were you thinking when you said X after you knew you were wrong?”

    • Santi Tafarella says:

      Yes, and it shows respect, rather than the usual manipulative contempt, for the audience one is addressing. It’s what democracy could look like if the model was not what it is now–Machiavellian public relations opinion management (propaganda in quest of power)..

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