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Howard Kurtz: October 3, 2010 - October 9, 2010

Rick Sanchez is sorry. Really.

This time, Rick Sanchez really sounded remorseful. In an appearance on ABC's "Good Morning America" Friday morning, the ousted CNN anchor said flatly that he "screwed up" in calling Jon Stewart a bigot and suggesting that Jews run the networks--comments that cost him his job last week. "I apologize and it was wrong for me to be so careless and so inartful," Sanchez said. "But it happened and I can't take it back and you know what now I have to stand up and be responsible." The tone was much different than in a statement earlier this week, when Sanchez extended an apology to anyone who "may have been offended."

By Howard Kurtz  | October 8, 2010; 8:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (120)
Categories:  Latest stories, Television, Top story  | Tags:  George Stephaopoulos, Jon Stewart, Rick Sanchez  
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A personal note

I've just discovered what it is like to become a media metaphor. My announcement that I'm leaving The Washington Post after 29 years to join the Daily Beast, the two-year-old Web site founded by Tina Brown, triggered all sorts of coverage. And I have to think that much of it was based on the notion that this symbolized a shift in the media world, from print to pixels. First and foremost, this was a difficult decision because I love The Post and it will always have a place in my heart. Even in an era of diminishing resources, it remains a great newspaper. But as I've spent more of my time in the digital world, the lure of helping shape something new became irresistable. As Washington bureau chief, I'll be overseeing and eventually expanding the site's presence in the capital while also reporting, writing, blogging, and of course tweeting.

By Howard Kurtz  | October 6, 2010; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  Latest stories, Top story  | Tags:  Daily Beast, Howard Kurtz, Tina Brown, Washington Post, Web, media  
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Stewart-Sanchez smackdown!

Boy, you call that Jon Stewart a bigot, he punches back! Well, maybe punch is a bit strong. Stewart poked back at Rick Sanchez, over the ex-CNN anchor's "extremely pokable show." You had a sense that Jon wanted to get his licks in, but was wary of kicking an overcaffeinated television personality when he's down. (Video here.) The Comedy Central funnyman did allow himself a serious point: Sanchez, in his radio rant against Jews last week, suggested that Stewart had a coddled upbringing in suburban New Jersey. Sure, said Jon, whose parents were divorced when he was young, "the fortunate son of a single mother in the education field."

By Howard Kurtz  | October 5, 2010; 8:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (121)
Categories:  Latest stories, Top story  | Tags:  CNN, Daily Show, Jews, Jon Stewart, Rick Sanchez, bigot  
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Jon Stewart skewers Rick Sanchez, sort of

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10cHurty Sanchezwww.thedailyshow.comDaily Show Full EpisodesPolitical HumorRally to Restore Sanity...

By Howard Kurtz  | October 5, 2010; 8:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Angle unplugged

Secretly recording a United States Senate candidate? That sure sounds like a down-and-dirty trick. And while Sharron Angle says some mildly embarrassing things in her conversation with a tea party candidate in Nevada, I'm not sure it hurts her. Why? Because many voters will probably sympathize with her over the surreptitious taping. Angle says, for example, "The Republicans have lost their standards, they've lost their principles. ... Really that's why the machine in the Republican Party is fighting against me. ... They have never really gone along with lower taxes and less government."

By Howard Kurtz  | October 4, 2010; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (130)
Categories:  Latest stories, Top story  | Tags:  Harry Reid, Jon Ralston, Las Vegas Sun, Nevada Senate, Sharron Angle, taping  
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Parker Spitzer: The Arranged Marriage

NEW YORK--They are, somewhat self-consciously, an odd couple, the northern pol and the southern belle, the prosecutor and the journalist, the man trying to recover from disgrace and the woman graciously forgiving his sins. "I bring the everyday American perspective to the table," says Kathleen Parker. "I get 'em. I've been living with them." "I'm not gonna concede that we aren't real Americans up here in the big urban," says Eliot Spitzer. "I'm not saying New Yorkers aren't. I'm just saying you aren't." Read more about the odd couple thrown together to launch a prime-time CNN show Monday night and about how the disgraced ex-governor is trying to redeem himself through television.

By Howard Kurtz  | October 3, 2010; 10:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Latest stories, Television, Top story  | Tags:  Ashley Dupre, CNN, Client 9, Eliot Spitzer, Kathleen Parker, Parker Spitzer, prostitution  
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Parker and Spitzer discuss new show

By Mike McPhate  | October 3, 2010; 9:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Television  
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Rand Paul faces off with opponent

Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com...

By Howard Kurtz  | October 3, 2010; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A look at Rick Sanchez's self-destruction

By Howard Kurtz  | October 3, 2010; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (31)
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