Well, despite all the rumors that Barry Diller may want to get the Daily Beast off his hands, editor Tina Brown clearly still has plenty of money to throw around. The Beast just announced the hiring of longtime Washington Post media columnist and host of CNN’s Reliable Sources. He’ll oversee the site’s Washington coverage, and continue to write about politics, media and the intersection of the two, according to a release sent out today. He’ll continue with his show at CNN also. “I have great respect for Howard as a journalist and newsbreaker, but I admire him most of all for his understanding of media and politics as the story of our era,” said Brown. “He is that rare reporter with a metabolism that outpaces the frenetic subjects he covers.” Kurtz had been at the Washington Post (where Brown herself briefly had a column) for 29 years.