Howard Kurtz, Tina Brown Feud on Twitter after Newsweek Sale

9:13 AM PST 08/05/2013 by Hilary Lewis
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Tina Brown and Howard Kurtz in happier times

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.."

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.

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