Howard Kurtz had strong financial ties with the "Daily Download"?
Documents unearthed by Gawker show that Fox News host Howard Kurtz had a much deeper financial relationship with Lauren Ashburn's now defunct “Daily Download” website than he has previously stated.
Kurtz and Ashburn's short videos on “Daily Download” first came under scrutiny last May when Kurtz incorrectly said that gay NBA player Jason Collins had hid the fact he was engaged to a woman. Kurtz was fired from the Daily Beast and left his position as host of CNN’s Reliable Sources soon after.
In comments on Reliable Sources and to the Huffington Post, Kurtz said that despite heavily promoting the site, his relationship with “Daily Download” was that of an adviser, an “unpaid honorary position with no oversight,” and that he was paid only as a freelancer and had no role with the parent company.
But that’s not the case, Gawker reports. In documents they obtained from the Maryland Public Broadcasting Commission, each host of the “Daily Download” was allocated $100,000 in the initial budget and a revised budget showed even more pay (although Gawker says the documents indicate Kurtz intended to donated at least half of it back). . . . .
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