Newsweek and Daily Beast editor Tina Brown took to Twitter Monday to blast Howard Kurtz, the media critic and her former Washington bureau chief, after he tweeted a link to a New York Times story about Newsweek's recent sale — and its demise.
Hey @HowardKurtz am I forgetting something or didn't I fire you for serial inaccuracy? Shurely shome mishtake as British hacks like to say..— Tina Brown (@TheTinaBeast) August 5, 2013
InterActiveCorp, the company that owns the Daily Beast, announced on Sunday it had sold Newsweek to the International Business Times, less than three years after its merger with the Daily Beast.
.@Newsweek adventure over. Bravo to all who worked so hard..next we'll turn around the U.S. Postal Service...— Tina Brown (@TheTinaBeast) August 5, 2013
The brief tweet-à-tête comes less than three months since Kurtz, former host of CNN's "Reliable Sources" and current Fox News pundit, left the Daily Beast amid a controversy sparked by a blog post he wrote about the basketball player Jason Collins, who announced in Sports Illustrated that he was gay. Kurtz criticized Collins for not disclosing he had once been engaged to be married to a woman, even though, as it turned out, Collins did.
“When I was younger I dated women," Collins wrote. "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."
The Daily Beast retracted Kurtz's post, and Brown announced that the company and Kurtz had "parted ways." She did not give a reason for the split.