Media critic and Fox News host Howard Kurtz blasted his own network on Sunday for its silence on Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy's widely condemned comments about blacks and slavery.
The New York Times reported Wednesday that Bundy wondered aloud during a press conference whether blacks were "better off as slaves, picking cotton" than "under government subsidy."
On Sunday's "MediaBuzz," Kurtz called Bundy's remarks "blatantly racist" and said that in his view Fox News "fell seriously short" in its coverage -- when the story circulated on Thursday, he said, there was "virtually no mention" of the racist remarks on the network.
"I think that to ignore a major story that was on the front page of the New York Times, at a time when the network, among others, had devoted a lot of time to covering this to story and to building up Clive (sic) Bundy, I think that gives ammunition to Fox's detractors," he said.
Fox News host Sean Hannity in particular championed Bundy's side of the federal land use conflict. He brought Bundy onto his primetime program several times as a guest and at one point heavily implied that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) were planning a secret raid on the Bundy ranch along with federal authorities. Hannity called the rancher's comments "beyond despicable" Thursday on his radio show.