You may have seen all the stories recently about Howie Kurtz. Howie made a couple mistakes recently – one that is getting lots of current attention was about me and it was a doozy. When I confronted his news organization about the mistake about me, Howie readily admitted the mistake, wrote a retraction and apologized to me. He fell on the sword. I accepted his apology. He fixed it. It is over.
Frankly, when journalists make mistakes — and even if about me — it makes me better at my work. Of course I don’t like mistakes but mistakes remind me to be more careful that I don’t get careless. No one died from Howie’s mistake about me.
Not one of us is perfect. We all make mistakes. I admire those who, once the mistake is identified, own up to it. That enhances credibility in my mind. I admire people who do that.
There are a lot of jerks who make mistakes, run for cover and never admit the mistakes nor apologize nor fix them.
I admire Howie for the way he handled the mistake about me.
PS – I worked with Howie years ago when we were both at CNN.