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Howard Kurtz Will Tell You What Happened On David Letterman Last Night!

by Jim Newell

Here is Howard Kurtz, official professional media critic of both the Washington Post and CNN, doing some important, trenchant analysis, as one would expect of all esteemed journalistic savants in his position: Twittering snide, resentful barbs about the level of difficulty in television comedian David Letterman’s questions to Barack Obama last night, on the Late Show. David Letterman clapped when his guest Barack Obama came onstage, guys! Howard Kurtz shall grade this human’s journalistic skills as an “F-”, he will. Tut tut, Letter-man! [Howard Kurtz/Twitter]

 

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ManchuCandidate September 22, 2009 at 10:24 am

Is he upset that the WaPo monopoly on fawning/sucking up to Preznits has been broken? Or is it just because Kurtz only feels that GOPer Preznits can be sucked up to?

gurukalehuru September 22, 2009 at 10:24 am

David “Dances With Rove” Gregory?

Potater September 22, 2009 at 10:26 am

[re=416354]ManchuCandidate[/re]: GOP Presidents are the only ones that suck back.

queeraselvis v 2.0 September 22, 2009 at 10:26 am

Somewhere, a Summer’s Eve bottle is missing its douche.

the problem child September 22, 2009 at 10:28 am

Professional jealousy because Letterman is a better journalist than he is?

Mr Blifil September 22, 2009 at 10:30 am

Funny my recollection of David Gregory involves an extended minstrel routine with Karl “Roll Me in Dough and Fuck the Wet Spot” Rove. I wonder why Dave didn’t don a smoking jacket and make dark allusions to Obama’s preference for Black and Tans? He will never be a Villager.

Sonic Former Youth September 22, 2009 at 10:33 am

Someone who’s had more coffee that me come up with the Letterman version of “The show that leads into me is puppets making prank phonecalls. What is wrong with you?”

sad tortoise September 22, 2009 at 10:36 am

If Conan O’Brien doesn’t ask Courtney Cox about troop deployments in Afghanistan tonight, the Fourth Estate and I will be outraged.

TGY September 22, 2009 at 10:36 am

Everybody’s a fucking critic.

hockeymom September 22, 2009 at 10:37 am

Kurtz is a putz.

GDuvall September 22, 2009 at 10:37 am

To be fair, Kurtz’s professional Republican wife may have taken the Twitter box away from him last night.

CorkPopper September 22, 2009 at 10:37 am

This is like Tucker Carlson getting mad at Jon Stewart for not asking John Kerry hard-hitting questions. No wonder the MSM sucks…they seem to be unclear about what the fuck they do, and how it’s different from what people who tell jokes for a living do.

you cannot be serious September 22, 2009 at 10:40 am

My public school in Texas taught me that the teevee hosts in Germany only asked Hitler softball questions.

magic titty September 22, 2009 at 10:42 am

To be honest, Letterman asked better questions than all of these assholes combined. But it’s good to know Howard Kurtz spends his time *critiquing* a comedian’s journalistic bonafides.

SayItWithWookies September 22, 2009 at 10:43 am

Mistah Kurtz, he dim.

Mr Blifil September 22, 2009 at 10:45 am

Of course Letterman ups and applauds the person of color. Life on his sprawling Connecticut estate would be unimaginable without them.

mardam422 September 22, 2009 at 10:45 am

I wonder how Kurtz felt about the questions they asked Tom Delay on DWTS.

Idiot.

WadISay September 22, 2009 at 10:45 am

Letterman didn’t ask about the birf certificate, either, which would have fit with the format of a “comic-entertainment” show. At least that would have been 4 teh lulz.

CthuNHu September 22, 2009 at 10:47 am

Holding back the hardball? Gee, I’m sure no one in the press corps did that in, say, late 2002 or early 2003, did they?

It rather seems to me that I recall every eminent and respected political reporter being a devout Bush fellatrix at the time.

And if the press corps had given in to their hearts’ yearnings and applauded when Rumsfeld entered the room, no one would have been in the least surprised. As it was, they simply sublimated their immediate gamma-male yearnings into fawning stenography.

In other words, Mr. Kurtz, you might have made better use of your time gargling TruckNutz. Kindly do so.

MingPicket September 22, 2009 at 10:48 am

here’s something for journalists to report:

Letterman isn’t a journalist.

4tehlulz September 22, 2009 at 10:50 am

>I don’t remember David Gregory doing that.

That’s because he was too busy sucking off McCain under the desk.

Cape Clod September 22, 2009 at 10:50 am

He’s criticizing the journalistic bono fides of a man who once dressed himself in a velcro suit and trampolined into a velcro wall. When was the last time Howard Kurtz did something as brilliant as that?

T.J.M September 22, 2009 at 10:50 am

[re=416386]Mr Blifil[/re]: Near as I can tell, all of his coloreds find him quite congenial to work for, what with him letting them have every Sunday off to travel to Washington to participate in the voodoo rituals and such held by Marian Robinson. Also.

shortsshortsshorts September 22, 2009 at 10:51 am

“Why do you hate children so much, Obama?”

“Are you America’s worst person?”

“NOTHING BUT SOFTBALL HERE. Letterman didn’t ask Obama about his terrorist connections.”

Seems fair, right?

friendlyskies September 22, 2009 at 10:56 am

Kurtz is clearly upset that Dave didn’t ask sharp, relevant questions such as, “Will your death panels primarily use age and health as criteria, or will race factor in?” or “How many Czars were there *really* in Stalinist Nazi Germany? How many *health* Czars?”

queeraselvis v 2.0 September 22, 2009 at 10:57 am

[re=416383]SayItWithWookies[/re]: Thank you, Wooks. I was hoping somebody would come through with a Conrad/Eliot mashup.

Mr Blifil September 22, 2009 at 10:59 am

Why didn’t Letterman ask Obama if Joe Wilson Conservative got a bum deal when the press focused on his refusal to accept the claims of parentage of his hero Strom Thurmond’s mixed-race love child? Oh wait, I just remembered the subject has never come up.

rockstarjoe September 22, 2009 at 11:01 am

Not only did he waste time twittering all this, he then turned around and wrote half of his “Media Notes” article in the Post today about the same stuff he twittered about. Lazy, lazy, lazy.

Tundra Grifter September 22, 2009 at 11:04 am

Apparently Mr. Kurtz thought he was watching Meet the Press at 11:30 in the evening.

If he wants to watch a softball interview, how about GVS and Gov. Palin? Or Sheer “Am I An Idiot?” InSannity “interview” George Bush or Dick Cheney?

When Ross Perot talked about a giant sucking sound south of the border, he wasn’t talking about jobs going to Mexico. He was talking about a Faux Noise infomercial with a Republican office holder.

Uncertainty Vice-Principal September 22, 2009 at 11:05 am

[re=416373]TGY[/re]:

Everybody’s a fucking critic.

Now there’s the kind of critic gig I’d like to get.

finallyhappy September 22, 2009 at 11:06 am

[re=416396]Cape Clod[/re]: and covered himself in alka seltzer tablets and plunged into water(I think). Maybe the press corps should do that

Buzz Feedback September 22, 2009 at 11:09 am

Is everybody in Washington this much of a shit-sakk?

DrThunderer September 22, 2009 at 11:10 am

Yes, Dave should have deferred the interview to a journalist like Jeff Gannon.

Oldskool September 22, 2009 at 11:17 am

Sounds like someone didn’t get an exclusive interview. What’s that sound cats make… Reeooow!

Cape Clod September 22, 2009 at 11:21 am

[re=416423]finallyhappy[/re]: I think they were Fizzies.
I think Howard Kurtz should dress himself in an anchor suit and throw himself into the Potomic.

thefrontpage September 22, 2009 at 11:23 am

Gawd, this crap from Kurtz is awful–just awful–on about 100 levels. Someone who portends to write and broadcast about “the media” for The Washington Post and CNN should NOT be sending out over the internets such imbecilic, moronic, idiotic, and grammatically childish “comments”–it’s unprofessional, offensive, slightly dumb, and ridiculous. Unbelievable. Hurtz should be ashamed of himself for this nonsense.

Johnny Zhivago September 22, 2009 at 11:24 am

Wait till Kurtz sees Obama’s tough appearance on Seseme Street.

norbizness September 22, 2009 at 11:27 am

Maybe he had his Girl Friday, the one with the mad shorthand skillz, assisting this epic twattering.

shadowMark September 22, 2009 at 11:30 am

[re=416422]Uncertainty Vice-Principal[/re]: Jesus H. Christ, when I was a boy, every little squirt wanted to be a harpooner or a sword fisherman.

binarian September 22, 2009 at 11:31 am

What a bunch of whiny bullshit. Can’t believe this dumbass is bitching ’cause David Fucking Letterman didn’t try to crowd the President into a corner about his fiscal policy or something. HE’S A COMEDIAN, RECTUM-HEAD!!!! Go stick your head in the paper shredder, you’re too stupid to live.

Darkness September 22, 2009 at 11:35 am

I love it when “journalists” hold up comedians to a journalistic standard they can’t seem to hold anyone else to. Including themselves. You’d think their heads would explode. In a better world, I suppose.

Uncertainty Vice-Principal September 22, 2009 at 11:39 am

[re=416481]shadowMark[/re]: Ah but a fucking critic, just think of it.

“Hmmm, yes, a certain je ne sais quoi, good body, great legs, and a smooth finish. Next!”

Norbert September 22, 2009 at 11:49 am

[re=416499]Uncertainty Vice-Principal[/re]: “Hmmm, yes, a certain je ne sais quoi, good body, great legs, and a smooth finish. Next!” We are still talking about Howard Kurtz, right?

Letterman should be disbarred, from the AMA, for journalistic malpractice.

Min September 22, 2009 at 11:59 am

I think somebody’s got a little bit of a crush.

hobospacejunkie September 22, 2009 at 12:03 pm

[re=416396]Cape Clod[/re]: When has Kurtz ever done anything brilliant. Apart from daydream all day at his desk that Martin Sheen is coming down the river into the heart of darkness to confront him.

Kurtz at his desk, all day: “The horror. The horror. Oh look, Letterman.”

The Church of Realism September 22, 2009 at 12:05 pm

Howard Kurtz? When the fuck did he replace the “n” with an “r”?

The Legend of TeaBagger Vance September 22, 2009 at 12:15 pm

Dear CNN,
please hire me to replace Howard Kurtz. i would gladly be an insufferable toupee-wearing cuntrag on the teevee for only 75% of his salary. it’s the only responsible thing to do in these economies
Yours,
just another douchebag on twitter

Doris Ziffel September 22, 2009 at 12:30 pm

[re=416354]ManchuCandidate[/re]: “Is he upset that the WaPo monopoly on fawning/sucking up to Preznits has been broken? Or is it just because Kurtz only feels that GOPer Preznits can be sucked up to?”

I’m glad you made the first post, Manchu, because you absolutely nailed it.

Capitol Hillbilly September 22, 2009 at 12:44 pm

Howard has no patience with softball questions.

When Howard Kurtz invited Kimberly Dozier, the CBS journalist wounded in Iraq, onto his program, “Reliable Sources,” on CNN on Sunday, he was not a disinterested interviewer. Mr. Kurtz’s wife, Sheri Annis, had been paid to serve as a publicist for Ms. Dozier’s memoir, “Breathing the Fire,” which Ms. Dozier had come on the program to discuss.

ManchuCandidate September 22, 2009 at 1:20 pm

[re=416602]Capitol Hillbilly[/re]:
Jeez.

Kurtz-Annis or Annis-Kurtz?

All it takes is a slight change to tell the truth.

Extemporanus September 22, 2009 at 1:23 pm

[re=416356]gurukalehuru[/re]: Tweet that comment up Kowie Hurtz’s Twatter, sideways.

It was perfect.

Jim89048 September 22, 2009 at 1:49 pm

At least Dave finally came out in favor of death panels, which makes him OK in my book. And Preznit Obama didn’t respond, which in and of itself is very telling.

Zadig September 22, 2009 at 2:02 pm

[re=416354]ManchuCandidate[/re]: All that, and that he feels that Preznits should only be sucked up to (or off, or anything to do with sucking, really) by condescending, manipulative elites.

EdFlinstone September 22, 2009 at 2:56 pm

Well Wonkette is pure comedy in my book, but just like The Daily Show, where I first heard that our key Iraq informant was a untrustworthy, alcoholic code named “curveball, now I learn that Howies wife is a right wing shill. Comedy 2, MSM 0. And now when I watch reliable sources everything makes sense.

Capitol Hillbilly September 22, 2009 at 3:46 pm

[re=416361]queeraselvis v 2.0[/re]: Didja ever wonder why they call it Summer’s Eve? I mean, summertime is kinda hot and sweaty and funky.

NotthatLC September 22, 2009 at 5:13 pm

I am not familiar with this Howard Kurtz person. Has he always been a dick?

Tundra Grifter September 23, 2009 at 9:35 am

Wasn’t Kurtz the evil fellow in “Heart of Darkness?”

I’m thinking about the book – but I think it was the same in the movie. Except for the switch from the Belgium Congo to Viet Nam (not that that changed his name, of course).

“I love the smell of seathing media critics in the evening.”

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