My letter to the Washington Post Ombudsman(person):
Unprofessional by any standard
I am writing to protest in the strongest terms the following from Howard Kurtz’s Friday column in the Post:
“Many of his friends think he has lost it, that he has allowed his resentment at Leslie Moonves and other CBS executives who sent him packing last year to overwhelm his good judgment. They use words like “self-destructive” and “tragedy.” They believe he is engaging in revisionist history …”
I am not taking Mr. Kurtz out of context, nor am I selectively editing, beyond trying to keep this short. There’s more where that came from.
If I have to explain WHY it is utterly beyond the pale to report this libelous, gossip from anonymous, alleged “friends” as a way of personally attacking Mr. Rather’s credibility in a particularly sleazy manner, unworthy of ANY reputable newspaper, let alone the Washington Post, then there was no point in my sending this letter in the first place.
Mr. Kurtz should, at a minimum, issue a retraction and apology. (And, perhaps we can all ignore the fact that the “media critic” has engaged in precisely the sort of reportorial misbehavior that he was hired to EXPOSE.)
Thank you for your attention.