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The False Attack on Jason Collins by the Coward Howard Kurtz

May 2, 2013 in Blogs

By Steven Hsieh, AlterNet

Apparently, CNN's veteran media “reporter” can't read.

The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz thought he scooped the world yesterday. The veteran media “reporter,” and host of CNN's Reliable Sources, wrote a blog post based on the premise that Jason Collins, the first ever openly gay NBA player, left out a vital detail in his Sports Illustrated coming-out story: that he was once, hold your breath, engaged to a woman.

“…he left one little part out,” Kurtz wrote. “He was engaged. To be married. To a woman.”

Well, as it turns out, the world scooped Kurtz. Anyone who actually reads the Collins’ piece will quickly learn the NBA center not only disclosed his engagement in perhaps the biggest sports story of the year; it's right up top. On the first page. In the eighth paragraph:

“When I was younger I dated women. I even got engaged. I thought I had to live a certain way. I thought I needed to marry a woman and raise kids with her. I kept telling myself the sky was red, but I always knew it was blue,” Collins said.

There are three possible explanations for Kurtz’s false column: (1) He didn’t read Collins’ piece, (2) He skimmed Collins’ piece, or (3) He read Collins’ piece and honestly thought he could lie without anyone noticing. Any of these scenarios should seriously contest Kurtz’s continued employment as a journalist.

But it gets worse. After several media outlets jumped on Kurtz, and his own commenters called him out, someone quietly changed the story to say Collins “downplayed,” rather than “left out,” his engagement. Later, The Daily Beast printed a correction. But somehow, the piece headlined, “Jason Collins’ Other Secret,” remains on the site. Never has there been a looser definition of “secret.” 

Kurtz apologized on Twitter, but stands by his story, based on the fact that Collins didn’t disclose every detail of his personal life:

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