Fox News' Howard Kurtz slams network for suddenly ignoring Cliven Bundy

The host criticized his network for ignoring the "blatantly racist" Bundy with coverage that fell "seriously short"

Published April 28, 2014 3:17PM (EDT)

Howard Kurtz               (Fox News)
Howard Kurtz (Fox News)

Fox News media pundit Howard Kurtz took a shot at his own network on Sunday, saying on his "MediaBuzz" show that the flagship conservative station had erred in ignoring news of Cliven Bundy being incredibly racist after spending weeks hyping the renegade rancher.

After listening to the Daily Caller's Matt Lewis explain that the Bundy incident was an example of the way the conservative media sometimes hurts rather than helps Republicans (by elevating and lionizing racist cranks), Kurtz offered his own two cents.

"In my view, Fox News fell seriously short on this story on Thursday," Kurtz said. "All day long, until 'Special Report' at 6 p.m. Eastern, there was virtually no mention [on Fox] of these racist remarks by Clive [sic] Bundy while everyone else was covering it.

"And I think that to ignore a major story that was on the front page of the New York Times at a time when the network ... had devoted a lot of time to covering this story and to building up Clive [sic] Bundy," Kurtz continued, "I think that gives ammunition to Fox's detractors."

Kurtz then turned to the Washington Post's Dana Milbank, who praised the host for his display of "manhood" in being brave enough to criticize his fair and balanced employer.

Watch the "MediaBuzz" segment below, via Media Matters:

By Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a former Salon staff writer.

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