Skip to comments.Kurtz Fails to Disclose Conflict in Hannity Slam
Posted on 01/24/2005 5:52:49 PM PST by wagglebee
Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz is accusing the Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity of failing to disclose a conflict of interest during a "Hannity & Colmes" broadcast last week, where he touted the good works of his guest, BOND's Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson.
But the Post reporter failed to disclose his own conflict while blasting the top Fox star.
Kurtz complained in his Monday column that during the Peterson broadcast, "Hannity didn't share with viewers that he serves on the advisory board of Peterson's organization. ... Nor did he mention it on Peterson's 12 previous appearances on the program since 2002."
Nowhere in his screed, however, did Kurtz share with his readers the fact that he hosts his own show, "Reliable Sources," on a rival network, CNN - which is currently being trounced by Fox in the ratings.
Still, the CNN host went on to suggest to his unsuspecting readers that Hannity was trying to put one over by covering up his BOND connection.
For his part, Hannity told his CNN critic that he's mentioned his BOND board-member status before on his radio show, adding: "I probably should have done it that night. If I had it to do over again, I would."
Undoubtedly if CNN's Kurtz could rewrite his Monday column, he'd admit to his readers he has a vested interested in attacking the folks at Fox.
CNN LOSER whining is so, so very pathetic. Get over it, Howard Kurtz, you are OVER!
Well stated above. The libs just cannot stand that they are losers, people (some) are just now finally figuring it out and turning away from these bumbs.
Hannity and Fox (et al) have overshadowed the old line leftist MSM so greatly and so quickly, the libs, who think the world revolves around them, JUST CANNOT HANDLE IT.
Just more of the same ole generic liberal crap.
Howard Kurtz would charge a person with hate crimes if that person called him a Liberal.
Anyone watching the show knows that Kurtz has a TV program ... but the casual viewer would not know Hannity's connection. This one is too vague to get upset about.
With all the nepotism going on in Congress with elected leadera who have family members employed as lobbyists, who gives a darn anyway. It's rampant in Congress so why should Kurtz try to make such an issue out of Sean being a member on one of his guests boards?
Im sure he and his guest tools will forgive his omission but beat up on Hannity for his. Those "media" review shows are the biggest joke because they ignore the elephant in the living room-LIBERAL BIAS...they act as if every other issue is important but the biggest isnt. Straight out of animal farm.
Watching CNN fizzle out leaves a nice warm fuzzy!
Every time CNN has on Ken Pollack to discuss the Middle East,
do they describe him as Andrea Koppel's husband ( their State Department correspondent ) and Ted's son in law??
Every time Cristiane Amanpour delivers one of her God awful reports,
does CNN post an alert under her name saying that she is married to Jamie Rubin, Maddie Albright's former spokesman under Clinton ?
When CNN quotes a NYT hit piece by Todd Purdum, do they happen to mention that he is Dee Dee Meyers husband ?
When NBC runs a piece by Andrea Mitchell bashing the Bush administration, do they mention that her husband is Alan Greenspan ?
And that Andrea is a good friend of Chris Matthews, Howard Fineman ,Sally Quinn and Margaret Carlson ??
Just to name a few media players.
The list of media nepotistical relationships is endless and beloved.
And the whining , weenie , liberal double standard is alive and well.
Wow---seems like a pretty minor--probably innocent-- mistake. I wonder if Howie condemned Dan Rather just as vociferously?? Ha...
The MSM and the 'political elite' (as they think of themselves anyway) are an incestuous bunch. The MSM and the political figures have merged into some kind of self-appointed ruling class. Too bad for them that the Internet and FNC came along to bust up their chummy relationship. I'm not sure which one burns me most: Andrea Mitchell, who would have been shown the door long ago but for being married to Greenspan, or Ted K's daughter. I'm sure Andrea was simply the best person for the job! Ha!
I am no fan of Sean Hannity, not by a longshot, but I can't see how this is a conflict of interest. I can't imagine his board position is paid. Assuming that's the case, what's the conflict? That something he believes in and donates his time to might actually become known? If he talked about being on the board every time he mentioned Peterson, it would sound like he was blowing his own horn (not that he would ever DO that, mind you). Hannity probably gave money to the Bush campaign, too. Does that mean he has to mention it every time he praises Bush policy? What if he owns stock in Sony, and one of those lame country acts he has on records for Sony? Does he have to disclose that? This just doesn't seem like a big deal to me.
Howard Fineman? Wasn't he two of the Three Stooges?
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