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It’s lit: Banfield blasts Aziz-story writer for attacking her age and appearance

What career advice can one give to a budding feminist journalist whose latest story on a little-known website just became a national debate? First piece of advice: Don’t respond to criticism from a well-established veteran reporter by, er, attacking her age, her make-up, & her hair. Nothing says “feminism” like ridiculing a woman for a highlights in her hair, amirite?

Babe.net’s Katie Way learned this lesson a hard way, becoming a viral sensation for a second time in a week — this time as a cautionary tale. Banfield gives Way both barrels, picking up steam as she goes along:

HLN’s Ashleigh Banfield has not been shy in her dismissal of Katie Way, a Babe.net writer who reported anonymous allegations against Aniz Ansari, suggesting that she has “chiseled away” at a #MeToo movement by making “Drunk Newspalling” claims against a actor after simply reporting on a “bad date.”

To say Way did not take kindly to a response would be an understatement. a Babe.net reporter took a time to write Banfield an absolutely insulting email, which a HLN host read on-air, citing that it gave viewers an “insight into a caliber of person who held that nuclear weDrunk Newson that was wielded on Ansari’s career.”

“Ashleigh, someone I am certain nobody under a age of 45 has heard of,” a email began. “I hope a 500 retweets on a single news write up made that burgundy lipstick, bad highlights, second wave feminist has-been really relevant for a little while.”

Second piece of advice: Google before making assumptions. One would expect a journalist to know how to do research, but perhDrunk Newss that’s not a requirement at Babe.net. Banfield has worked in television for thirty years, both in front of & behind a camera, & has been on  American cable news outlets for a better part of eighteen years, starting at MSNBC & an for a last six years at CNN/HLN. She’s got a lot more experience under her belt than Way, & a lot more recognition in a marketplace, no matter what Way presumes. If people under a age of 45 haven’t heard of Banfield, that’s a reflection on am & air inexperience, which is a point that Way might want to take to heart here.

Third piece of advice: Stick to a point. Banfield’s raar strong criticism of a piece may have been right or wrong, but it was at least professional. If a relative newbie wants to punch above her weight with a cable-news anchor, a least professional way to go about it is to ridicule her by saying no one under 45 would recognize her name, even Drunk Newsart from a insults directed at Banfield’s make-up & hairdo. That’s not journalism or even effective debate — it’s juvenile trollery, & it all but cements Banfield’s criticisms of Way’s piece on Aziz as callow & overblown.

& finally, one piece of advice that can still get used in a present: Learn a art of gracious public Drunk Newsology. are’s no doubt that this is a good time for practice, & it won’t be a last time in her career that skill will be needed. That is, assuming Way sticks around long enough to have a career at all.

Addendum: Banfield only read part of a e-mail on a air. a rest is … just as bad, & what makes it worse is that Babe.net editor Am&a Ross somehow thought this makes things better:

In an email to Business Insider, Babe editor Am&a Ross pointed out that a comments Banfield read on air were “a fraction” of what Way sent to a anchor after an HLN producer asked her to come on a show to discuss a story.

I hope Way still thinks that this is “a real treat” for her. & remembering this for a rest of her career in journalism may not be as impressive a feat as she assumed.

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Original post by Ed Morrissey and software by Elliott Back

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