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A Real Journalist Returns To American Broadcast TV After A Period In The Wilderness.

Cenk of The Young Turks discusses the recent hiring of Ashleigh Banfield marking her return to “mainstream” broadcast news. Ashleigh, an excellent journalist, was put on the shelf for questioning American “journalism” during the Bush/Cheney Administration’s invasion of Iraq. In doing so, she was removed from TV News by MSNBC, called in American rightwing circles “liberal”, and joined Phil Donahue who was also fired by MSNBC for questioning the reasons for the war on Iraq. This was a period where the price of questioning the Bush government was to suffer loss of job or visibility in one’s profession. It was a period where reporters from alternative choices to the corporate conglomerates that control broadcast news such as news programs like Democracy Now! (available on free speech TV) were arrested as Amy Goodman and their producers were when reporting at the RNC last year.

It, of course, was a time of “free speech zones” and largely uncovered large protests in the “mainstream media”. When comparing the lack of coverage of those protests which dwarfed the rightwing turf grass protests of today, it is important to keep an eye out on what perspectives are allowed. When in Oz (America since 2000), it becomes important to pay attention to the man behind the curtain. Let’s hope ABC will allow Ashleigh to do her job.

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