Thursday, May 01, 2003

In her own write. Here is the text of the speech that MSNBC reporter Ashleigh Banfield gave at Kansas State University. And one clarification to my previous item: the interview she conducted that so incensed the easily incensed Michael Savage was with terrorists from Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade.

They may also have been "loyalists to Saddam Hussein," as I wrote, but they were not Iraqis, as I implied.

Here's the wind-up:

I'm hoping that I will have a future in news in cable, but not the way some cable news operators wrap themselves in the American flag and patriotism and go after a certain target demographic, which is very lucrative. You can already see the effects, you can already see the big hires on other networks, right wing hires to chase after this effect, and you can already see that flag waving in the corners of those cable news stations where they have exciting American music to go along with their war coverage.

Well, all of this has to do with what you've seen on Fox and its successes. So I do urge you to be very discerning as you continue to watch the development of cable news, and it is changing like lightning. Be very discerning because it behooves you like it never did before to watch with a grain of salt and to choose responsibly, and to demand what you should know.

Banfield has taken a lot of criticism over the past few years (but not from me!) for being some sort of shallow, unqualified bimbo. It's true that there have been times when it's appeared that she was in a little over her head, especially when she was anchoring a nightly show from Afghanistan post-9/11. (Wasn't everyone, though?)

The truth is that she's a hard-working journalist who's worried and disgusted about what's happening to her business. We all should be.

No comments: