Howard Kurtz, Tina Brown Feud on Twitter after Newsweek Sale
The ex-Daily Beast writer bashes "waste, expense and dysfunction" at the magazine under his ex-boss, who claims she fired him for "serial inaccuracy."
The sale of Newsweek has apparently opened up old wounds.
Former Newsweek/The Daily Beast reporter Howard Kurtz took to Twitter Monday morning with a backhanded compliment of sorts for his former boss, Daily Beast editorial director Tina Brown.
Brown, according to a New York Times story headlined The Last Temptation of Tina Brown, sent writers on far-flung, expensive trips for stories that fell through, and once ordered up 82 different ideas for one magazine cover. (Brown denied the allegations of waste.)
Kurtz, whose Beast departure followed a string of errors, linked to the story, writing: "Tina tried hard to save Newsweek, which was probably impossible, but this captures the chaos, waste and dysfunction."
Brown fired back: "Hey @HowardKurtz am I forgetting something or didn't I fire you for serial inaccuracy? Shurely shome mishtake as British hacks like to say.."
Hey @HowardKurtz am I forgetting something or didn't I fire you for serial inaccuracy? Shurely shome mishtake as British hacks like to say..— Tina Brown (@TheTinaBeast) August 5, 2013
Kurtz has yet to respond to Brown's tweet.
He was fired from The Daily Beast in May after a high-profile mistake in a widely criticized story about NBA player Jason Collins' decision to come out of the closet.
Kurtz left CNN for Fox News in June.