In the end, it was media star Howard Kurtz' hyperactive professional style and lack of caring (including empathy) that did his career in, observes POLITICO. His game was unsustainable. There are lessons here for the legal sector in the fall of the house of Howard Kurtz.
The media personality's most recent high-profile error was failing to read down to the eighth paragraph of the SI Jason Collins' coming out article. Had he done that he wouldn't have tried for a cheap shot at Collins (gotcha journalism) by contending, wrongly, that he did not reveal his long-term relationship, including an engagement, with a woman. His attack style was devoid of human feeling. His game seemed amoral.
For those in the legal sector who suffer in the ways that Abovethelaw.com captures daily the Kurtz methodology seems brutally familiar. It became unsustainable as likely will much of how BigLaw operates. For instance, hyperactive growth resulted in the bankruptcy of Dewey LeBoeuf and could have triggered the alleged overbilling at DLA Piper. Bad treatment of human beings seems embedded in the organizational cultures. If Charles Dickens were around he would probably profile one of those and have a happy "Christmas Carol" ending in which the Managing Partner tells everyone to go early Christmas eve, be with their families, and shut off their smartphones.
The human reality is that human beings get mad, they get even, and then they gloat about helping do in a person or an institution. The odds are it will be the human beings, not the slow growth in revenues, which will blow up the legal sector.