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Howard Kurtz Scandal? The Horror, the Horror

yuckMedia Whores Online is "reporting" that Howie Kurtz "faces numerous dangerous charges of conflict-of-interest and influence peddling in his media column at the Washington Post." The charges are related to "insider trading," but it's unclear where the "charges" might be coming from -- the Feds? The WP? The fashion police?


"No one has used the word 'fired' yet," says MWO's source, "but Kurtz better be watching his back."

This is not the first time that critics have accused Kurtz of being a hypocrite and/or a whore (the whole "media whore" thing tips you off). Frankie Foer's thoroughly enjoyable take-down pointed out that for all of Kurtz's on-the-record tut-tutting over journalists' speaking fees and campaign contributions, he is loath to report fully on individuals. Profiles are puff pieces. Hit pieces are largely filled with, as Foer wrote, "small (if not banal) complaints cast as large insinuations." Other critics have been even more pointed. In 1998, Salon wrote about Kurtz's wide array of paid appearances in media outlets he also reports on (ABC, CNN).

Mickey Kaus is, of course, obsessed with these crossover deals, and last spring devoted an entire "Realiable Sources" parody to the subject, in which Howard Kurtz, Television Host quizzed Howard Kurtz, Washington Post Media Reporter: "[Y]ou're a press critic who's harped obsessively over even trivial conflicts-of-interest in the past! Do I have one?"

Kurtz has survived all these attacks, of course. So even if these charges are true (and this is MWO we're talking about, meaning a big "if"), we are -- at this early stage -- quite sure that he'll pull a Barnicle and survive this one.

I watched a snail crawl along the edge of a straight razor. That's my dream. That's my nightmare. Crawling, slithering, along the edge of a straight... razor... and surviving.

UPDATE: There have been reader inquiries as to the reliability of Media Whores Online as a news source for the Kurtz item below. Here's our take: They are not reliable at all. Repeat: Not reliable at all. Somewhere below Drudge and above a Ouija board. More politically motivated than either.

HOWARD KURTZ CAUGHT IN ETHICS PROBE [MWO]

The Wayward Critic [TNR]

An ABC of ethical conflict [Salon]

Kausfiles Special [Slate]

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Is there ANY good news for the bumblefucking Trump re-election campaign these days? Their polling numbers are in the shitter, therefore Trump is firing the pollsters. Trump's Hitler rally kickoff event in Florida last night was ... whatever it was. Oh, and did we mention that they ain't got no money? Like, of course, not counting whatever Russian money they're not telling us about.

Don Jr. recently called a prominent donor and warned that Trump's money haul is falling behind where Barack Obama was early in his reelection, while Jared Kushner has privately complained to RNC chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel that Trump's war chest is not as big as it should be at this point in the cycle.

Whiiiiiiiiiine. Guess they're gonna have to see if they can launder some rubles somewhere, ALLEGEDLY.

Gabe Sherman has some more bad news about Trump's shithole campaign, and it is that Robert and Rebekah Mercer, the father-daughter billionaire duo who bankrolled much of Trump's "victory" in 2016 -- including funding Breitbart, and also the part of the "victory" that comprised Cambridge Analytica, the data company they owned that may have done some real hinky stuff, possibly with Russia, in order to get Trump "elected" -- have zipped up their checkbooks and decided Trump can go eat dicks for all they care.

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