Media on media on media: The navel beat

There’s a generous dollop of irony in Kit Seelye’s profile of The Washington Post’s and CNN’s Howie Kurtz today. She raises questions about his conflict of interest writing about the media and the media companies of which he is a part (he and other defend his performance on those scores).

But the truth is that The Times needs its own Howie Kurtz: a strong voice who will cover, analyze, and criticize the paper as well as media, and not just the current combination of a brothy public editor and the reporter given the bad-luck assignment of covering the latest dustup at the paper. Seelye would be good that that if she were given the chance. There are the sprinkles atop that dollop of irony.