Fox News Host Howard Kurtz Takes Own Network to Task For ‘Barely’ Covering Pruitt Resignation
Fox News host and resident media critic Howard Kurtz took his own network to task for its coverage of the resignation of EPA administrator Scott Pruitt.
Speaking to a panel on his show MediaBuzz on Sunday, Kurtz noted that Pruitt’s resignation was, in large part, brought about by intrepid journalism which followed up on whispers of corruption in his office.
Two guests on his show — the Federalist‘s most articulate whatabouter Mollie Hemingway and the Washington Examiner‘s Susan Ferrechio — dismissed the mountain of absurd scandals surrounding Pruitt as the product of an ideologically-motivated take down.
Ferrechio acknowledged that “solid reporting” facilitated Pruitt’s ouster, but contended that “it was instigated by a desire to take him down.” Hemingway agreed, citing controversies surrounding Obama officials that she claimed the media was less interested in.
Kurtz contended: “I want to say that Pruitt’s resignation was barely covered on Fox, in primetime or early the next morning — I did get a chance to talk about it on the Ingraham Angle — and I think that was a mistake.”
The Fox News host then pointed out that most of the reports about Pruitt were true, and questioned Hemingway on whether she thought this was “a coordinated effort by the media for ideological reasons.”
Hemingway dodged the question, instead highlighting misconduct by Obama’s EPA administrator.
Kurtz pointed out that many conservatives called for Pruitt’s ouster, from the National Review to Laura Ingraham.
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