J.K. Trotter · 02/03/14 05:05PM

Howard Kurtz and Lauren Ashburn’s minute-long video segments for the Daily Download are still, somehow, airing on public television. (You can inspect the program’s survey results here.) What would America do without the Daily Download?

Howard Kurtz Chickened Out On His Own Fox News Show

J.K. Trotter · 01/27/14 12:58PM

Last Sunday, Fox News media critic Howard Kurtz assured viewers that he and his business partner, Lauren Ashburn, would discuss “a biography of Fox News chairman Roger Ailes by a New York Magazine reporter” on next’s week show because “it been getting plenty of media attention.”

Howard Kurtz Lied About Business Ties To Fox News Contributor

J.K. Trotter · 01/14/14 12:00PM

Fox News anchor Howard Kurtz has repeatedly claimed, most famously during a live interrogation on CNN, that his relationship with Fox News contributor Lauren Ashburn amounted to a “limited venture” for which the MediaBuzz host was compensated on a piecemeal “freelance basis.” Confidential documents obtained by Gawker, however, tell a dramatically different story.

Behind The Slow-Motion Death of Howard Kurtz’s Weird Website

J.K. Trotter · 12/04/13 02:15PM

BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski noted on Tuesday that The Daily Download, the obscure media-news website founded by Fox News anchor Howard Kurtz and his business partner Lauren Ashburn, has disappeared. Yet only a few months ago Ashburn was hyping the site’s traffic to contributors. “Lauren told me that at one point it had a half million views per day,” Lorraine Murphy, a Vancouver web consultant who wrote for the site between May and August of this year, told Gawker. So what happened?

Howie Kurtz's Strange Video Show Has Government Ties [UPDATED]

Sam Biddle · 05/03/13 03:06PM

Don't feel too bad for the recently canned Daily Beast pundit: Howard Kurtz still has the Daily Download, the bizarre internet talk show that kept him curiously busy even when he had a day job. And it's more than just some hokey hobby—Kurtz's pet production is under federal contract.