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May 5, 2003
WAR: Following Up on Ashleigh Banfield

The Crank had a provocative post back on April 27 regarding Ashleigh Banfield's comments about the media's coverage of the war. The NY Times provides an update here about her now-struggling career (registration required). In typical Times fashion, however, their references to her April 25 speech are entirely slanted. "Angered top NBC management April 25 by giving a speech it believed was critical of its war coverage"?? Is it even possible to interpret her comments any other way? Moreover, the representative quote used by the Times article is probably the most vanilla statement in Banfield's entire speech. Go back to The Crank's post to see just a sampling of quotes the Times could have used in order to give their readers a better sense of her statements and the problems they caused for NBC management. Clearly, this is an individual who was rushed to the big leagues too quickly.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 8:21 PM | War 2002-03 | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Banfield's rapid rise and downfall was very similar to that of Arthur Kent, another reporter who got over-promoted based on good looks, good timing, and a stretch of good reporting under intense pressure. Her real problem, which that speech underlined, is her unquestioning acceptance of liberal conventional wisdom.

Posted by: The Crank at May 6, 2003 8:33 AM

A fair number of mainstream reporters, in my view, have an unquestioning acceptance of liberal conventional wisdom. The career-killer for her may be the lack of maturity and judgment to temper it.

Posted by: Kiner's Korner at May 6, 2003 9:37 AM
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