Howard “Conflict of Interest” Kurtz still silent about CNN boss

2,300 more words from Howard Kurtz in today's Washington Post "Media Notes" column -- and not one of them about CNN president Jonathan Klein, who defends Lou Dobbs' Obama birth certificate conspiracy theorizing as “legitimate” and attacks Dobbs' critics as “partisan.”

Kurtz, you'll remember, draws what we can only assume is a sizable chunk of his income from Klein's CNN, where Kurtz moonlights as host of Reliable Sources.

Kurtz did briefly touch on the birther controversy in today's column:

Will this quiet the “birthers” -- or the people who keep putting them on TV?

“State officials in Hawaii on Monday said they have once again checked and confirmed that President Barack Obama was born in Hawaii and is a natural-born American citizen, and therefore meets a key constitutional requirement for being president.”

What a relief!

Not mentioned: Kurtz's CNN colleague Lou Dobbs is the leader of the birther brigade -- and Kurtz's CNN boss Jonathan Klein is the person who keeps putting him on TV.

This much is clear: any reporter who ever gets criticized by Howard Kurtz for having a conflict of interest should laugh in his face.