Longtime CNN Reliable Sources host moves on
June 20th, 2013
12:29 PM ET
9 years ago

Longtime CNN Reliable Sources host moves on

Washington (CNN) - Longtime media reporter Howard Kurtz and CNN parted company as Kurtz and CNN confirmed the end of his 15-year run hosting CNN's Reliable Sources program. Kurtz will become a contributor to Fox News.

Kurtz has worked for many years as a media reporter and media critic. He spent 29 years at The Washington Post, the majority of those years working as the Post's media reporter. After leaving the Post in 2010, Kurtz became the Washington Bureau Chief for Newsweek and The Daily Beast, managing the Washington staff and writing on politics and media.

His tenure at the Daily Beast ended earlier this year after Kurtz mistakenly accused Jason Collins, an NBA player who publicly announced he is gay, of failing to disclose that he had once been engaged to a woman. Collins had, in fact, noted his engagement in a story he wrote for Sports Illustrated. Kurtz stated at the time that his departure from the Daily Beast was already in the works.

Kurtz has covered every major American media story over the last 25 years, from the OJ Simpson saga to the Impeachment of President Clinton to the rise of the Internet. His first book, Media Circus: The Trouble with America's Newspapers, foretold the decline of the American newspaper business. His third book, Spin Cycle: Inside the Clinton Propaganda Machine told the tale of how Bill Clinton emerged largely unscathed from the most significant presidential scandal since Watergate.

A CNN spokeswoman said that the Reliable Sources program will continue and a search is underway for a new host.

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  1. Thomas Antel

    Sounds like he wants an easier job with more pay at fox !

    Good luck and all the best .

    June 20, 2013 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  2. California

    He's moving up.

    June 20, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  3. yeah right

    Kurtz will become a contributor to Fox News.

    From Reliable Sources to Not So Reliable Sources.

    June 20, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  4. Tom

    What use is a media reporter at FOX?

    June 20, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  5. timverba

    It will be interesting to see what type of political bias Mr. Kurtz will demonstrate with the new move, or if he appears to be the same.

    June 20, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  6. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    This is hilarious! The guy who criticizes journalism and reporting is going to the network that blatantly lies. Reliable Sources was the dullest Sunday morning show anyway. Thank goodness he's leaving.

    June 20, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  7. Steve, New York City

    To me, Howard has always seemed to be a good guy. Maybe he can do something positive for the culture at Fox News.

    With few exceptions – (Chris Matthews and Bill O'Reilly – and maybe Morning Joe), I don't watch either Fox News or MSNBC because the majority of what each channel says is editorialized extremist garbage.

    June 20, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    One of the only reason I watched CNN was for his Sunday show.

    June 20, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  9. filo bedo

    Hypocrisy at it's best. Talks a good game then goes to nothing less then the lowest dare I say news organizations. He sold out!

    June 20, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  10. Rick McDaniel

    Guess he got tired of the Democratic Party controlling everything he did.

    June 20, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  11. jk - MN

    I've watched Howard's show quite a while and felt that recently, he's been displaying a Fox-like bias in the way he covers media. It's a better fit for him. I personally will not watch his Fox stuff. I can't bring myself to watch anything Fox dishes out. Can't say I'm sorry to see him go.

    June 20, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  12. ebrima

    Lets say- moving down

    June 20, 2013 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  13. Alina77

    Sense when Fox is "News Organization"? With the same success he could work for my mom and her girlfriends "news organization" ..

    June 20, 2013 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  14. vic , nashville ,tn

    State of the union, GPS and Reliable Sources best line up in Sunday morning
    I miss Soledad O’Brien, James Carville ….
    20 years I watched CNN for news now CNN has changed so I switch to BBC
    Now I can watch BBC world news channel 95 in Comcast

    June 20, 2013 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  15. Data Driven

    To be replaced by another conservative.

    "Cares who?" - Yoda

    June 20, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  16. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    State of the union, GPS and Reliable Sources best line up in Sunday morning
    I beg to differ. My Sunday begins with Meet the Press, then This Week and then I switch back and forth from This Week to Face the Nation. State of the Union was better when John King was hosting it.

    June 20, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  17. Pete

    Now Kurtz doesn't have to go as far to get the political dirt on somebody in working for that political rag FOX..Just a jackle changing his feeding territory that's all,good luck and of all watch your back!!!

    June 20, 2013 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  18. Kansas Slim

    I have long thought this guy is a better fit, with all his own biases, at the FOX GOP channel anyway. Now I won't even be tempted to look at his stuff.

    June 21, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  19. Carol

    Strange move to Fox. Definitely not a step up.

    June 21, 2013 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  20. fxmck

    Just what FOX needs, another white, middle-age, male talking head. You can never have enough!!

    June 21, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  21. Cinchy

    What so many people fail to realize is that Fox is so popular (er... um... they are way more popular than CNN) because for so many years there's was a single, homogeneous voice coming from the media - and it was a pretty liberal voice. Fox has caught on so significantly because roughly half the population was fed-up with slanted interpretations coming from the left. Sure, Fox is slanted to the right - but at least their views aren't being completely ignored.

    June 21, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  22. Kevin

    Sorry to see Howard leave. He probably got sick of listening to Candy Crowley and Gloria Burger defend
    President Obama and use White House talking points to do it.

    June 21, 2013 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  23. bill

    I never heard of this guy

    June 21, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  24. McBob79

    He actually wants an audience who has some intelligence.

    June 21, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  25. Greg

    Journalism just died! Each network has their own set of issues. But to take one of the biggest watchdogs of media and put him into the lions den is ridiculous. I WATCHED AND TIVO his CNN show, Fox has been deleted from cable box so i guess i'll never see the end of this story! This is a sad day for hope.

    June 21, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
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