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Ashleigh Banfield on CNN morning - Where the fuck did this woman come from?

Has anyone ever seen this woman? She's on CNN's Early Start which I've recently started watching due to an earlier work day.

Absolutely, eye-blinkingly moronic. She used to be on Good Morning America (when I watched it) and she seemed harmless enough, but here she comes across as mildly retarded and completely unaware of what an embarrassment she is.

Just in the last couple of days she's held her finger in the air, did a "ghetto girl" voice, rolled her shoulder and said "Oh NO they Di'INNNN"... When talking to a correspondent about the Repuke debate Wednesday night she said something about how there's an Australian saying about chopping down poppies or something... both the correspondent and her co-host just stared blankly back at her and never acknowledged it.

This chick is the Kathie Lee Gifford of CNN and makes Good Morning America look like PBS.

by Anonymousreply 6606/25/2015

I don't know exactly where she originated from but she was in the Dallas news market for a while (don't remember the channel). She was actually one of the more charismatic reporters here and when she left years ago, the feeling was she was going to go on to greater things as a serious journalist. But something happened along the way - instead of raising up in quality she seems to have dumbed it down.

by Anonymousreply 102/24/2012

I remember her near Ground Zero covering 9/11 the day it happened. I think she might've been running from a cloud of smoke barrelling down the street at one point.

by Anonymousreply 202/24/2012

I believe she rose to national prominence during 9/11. Not sure what network she was with, but she happened to be on the scene that day and did an awful lot of the coverage over the next couple weeks.

by Anonymousreply 302/24/2012

R1, she seems perfect for the tabloidy, cheesy, all-things-women Good Morning America so I'm not sure why they would have gotten rid of her. Or perhaps she just left on her own.

Either way, she's poorly suited for any desk job at CNN, in my opinion anyway. She's just moronically cooky.

by Anonymousreply 402/24/2012

I watch her on "In Session" the court channel, she seems very smart. I like her alot.

by Anonymousreply 502/24/2012

Yes frau @ R5. We know.

by Anonymousreply 602/24/2012

She's from western Canada. Westerners are not the brightest of Canadians.

by Anonymousreply 702/24/2012

She was an anchor on MSNBC's afternoon program before 9/11. She was who they had in downtown Manhattan on the day it happened, and frankly, I thought her reporting was some of the best they did. That made her a star pretty much instantly, and she got her own primetime slot, but ended up being thrown under the bus when MSNBC tried to tack rightward in the run-up to the invasion of Iraq.

I'm kind of surprised she's ended up on CNN, but she has to be at least a moderate improvement over most of their current slate of female anchors.

by Anonymousreply 802/24/2012

[quote]I believe she rose to national prominence during 9/11. Not sure what network she was with

At that time she was a rising star at MSNBC. According to Wikipedia:

[quote]In April 2003, in a speech at Kansas State University, Banfield raised concerns regarding media coverage of the conflict in Iraq. She also spoke against "cable news operators who wrap themselves in the American flag and go after a certain target demographic", and specifically named Fox News Channel as an example. The New York Times reported that her speech angered NBC management, who rebuked her and lowered her profile.

[quote]"I was office-less for ten months ... No phone, no computer. For ten months I had to report to work every day and ask where I could sit. If somebody was away I could use their desk. Eventually, after ten months of this, I was given an office that was a tape closet. They cleared the tapes out and put a desk and a TV in there, and a computer and phone. It was pretty blatant. The message was crystal clear. Yet they wouldn't let me leave. I begged for seventeen months to be let out of my contract. If they had no use for me, let's just part ways amicably—no need for payouts, just a clean break. And [NBC News President Neal Shapiro] wouldn't allow it. I don't know what his rationale was—perhaps he thought I would take what I felt was a very strong brand, and others felt was a very strong brand, to another network and make a success of it. Maybe that's why he chose to keep me in a warehouse. I will never forgive him for his cruelty and the manner in which he decided to dispose of me."

by Anonymousreply 902/24/2012

[quote]Maybe that's why he chose to keep me in a warehouse. I will never forgive him for his cruelty and the manner in which he decided to dispose of me."

MARY! I love how easily many women use words like "cruelty" to describe the fact they weren't given nice offices or break contracts.

Amazing. No wonder she's got a huge DL female following.

by Anonymousreply 1002/24/2012

Does anyone remember what she said or did that made her persona non grata for a while? There was a flap over something she did.

by Anonymousreply 1102/24/2012

Thanks R9.

by Anonymousreply 1202/24/2012

I liked her for her work on MSNBC but her morning show is a trainwreck.

The Daily Show had a hilarious bit on her weird segment of just opening the rollodex and randomly calling people and waking them up. In one clip she calls someone and wakes them up and tells them it's the FBI. And when she calls Kathleen Kennedy she asks her about her dad's assassination. It was fucking bizarre.

by Anonymousreply 1302/24/2012

She is Canadian

by Anonymousreply 1402/24/2012

Thanks OP.

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Can some kind paying members start a new thread on Rappers who are Repug?

Thank you.

by Anonymousreply 1502/24/2012

She was punished for being insufficiently enthusiastic about the invasion of Iraq. She dared to opine that journalists should be objective outsider observers rather than cozily "embedded" stenographers doing PR for the Pentagon.

NBC being a major war profiteering corporation had no use for such heresy.

by Anonymousreply 1602/24/2012

9/11 made her career.

by Anonymousreply 1702/24/2012

Thanks for opening the thread OP. I have always been very perplexed by her. She is simply too bizarre. HOWEVER, I am very pleased to hear about her comments about Fox News and the Iraq War. That redeems her. I might not think bad thoughts about her from now on.

by Anonymousreply 1802/24/2012

I remember reading somewhere - and I can't remember where - about her being camped out on the lawn of the Kennedy compound following the death of the JKR Jr. in a t-shirt that read "star fucker". She sounds nuts, but I guess she isn't self righteous and dull like Soledad O'Brien

by Anonymousreply 1902/24/2012

Here she is prank calling Kerry Kennedy at 5 am to ask her if she has "haunting memories" of her father's assassination!

by Anonymousreply 2002/24/2012

She's from WINNIPEG!

by Anonymousreply 2102/24/2012

[quote]From Wiki: She was also a backup singer for the band The Rusty River Rafters and member of a bar band. She is a cigar aficionado and enjoys Cuban cigars.

She is all over the place.

by Anonymousreply 2202/24/2012

>>>rank calling Kerry Kennedy at 5 am to ask her if she has "haunting memories" of her father's assassination

What in the hell is wrong with her? It sounds like she has developed a mental problem. Seriously. I am shocked that she still has her job

by Anonymousreply 2302/25/2012


Throw in the CNN males as well. Whoever is running Cesspool Noose Network has turned it into an outlet for rightwing corporatists.

by Anonymousreply 2402/25/2012

She was fun to watch when she did local news in Dallas. She developed a crush on Troy Aikman and began to literally stalk him, which led to her demise in Big D.

by Anonymousreply 2502/25/2012

She talks too much and seems to think everything she says is so important and brilliant. I bet her co-hosts hate her. She had the gall to say that she thought that "aspirin between the knees" idiot Foster Friese was a nice guy and that she liked him. What a dolt.

by Anonymousreply 2602/25/2012

CNN actually has a regular segment where the "news anchors" prank call people at 5 a.m. to wake them up? This is what passes for "journalism" these days?

by Anonymousreply 2702/25/2012

CNN is useless unless there's a big disaster or uprising going on in the world, they have all the resources to do an outstanding job when it comes to those kinds of stories, but for day to day news/politics, they tend to suck at it.

by Anonymousreply 2802/25/2012

You do realize that she was fired for calling out George Bush right?

by Anonymousreply 2902/25/2012

She apparently spent some time as a war correspondent. Maybe she has PTSD.

by Anonymousreply 3002/25/2012

R29, call me names all you like but I'm one of those rare types who thinks a journalist should be a journalist.

He calling out GWB, as much as I hated him, was shit Faux News does. I agree with MSNBC disciplining her over it.

Oh, and yeah, she really does come across as a moron.

by Anonymousreply 3102/25/2012

As I recall, it wasn't just her calling out of GWB that led to her firing from MSNBC. Her star had already started to fade. After 9/11, she instantly became a hot commodity and was known as the news babe with the glasses. She was all over MSNBC, which even sent her to Pakistan to host a regular show on the "war on terror." But it became apparent that she didn't have the skills to handle such big assignments, and the fascination with her faded, so MSBNC began scaling back her assignments. I think the whole "MSNBC fired me because I criticized Bush" is mostly Ashleigh's way of trying to put the best spin on the situation.

by Anonymousreply 3202/25/2012

Yeah, but if she proved to be a numbskill, networks are skilled at patting those sorts on the head and sending them on their way. The way they punished her seemed so surreal.

by Anonymousreply 3302/25/2012

Was watching this morning when she had a complete meltdown over Rush Limpballs. Yeah, yeah, we get it, you're "outraged", but so is everyone else with a brain cell so pandering to and patronizing your audience is a bit insulting.

I'll be surprised if what she did this morning doesn't make headlines, at least on the web.

She totally melted down and began screaming over having been called a "slut" herself on MSNBC and how horribly she was treated by that network and how other radio commentators have called her a "whore". She started pounding the desk and and waving her arms over the nasty names she's been called during her career. Whoever called her these names should have been canned but sorry, I never knew who this woman was a few weeks ago, how the hell is she well known enough to have been called these names even by nazi'esque conservative commentators?

She literally made the entire story all about her, and her cohost, Zoraida Sambolin sat there with huge saucer eyes and looked like she wanted to dig a hole under her desk and crawl into it.

This Banfield chick isn't right in the head and I'll be stunned if CNN keeps her at an anchor desk for much longer. She sounds like she needs help.

by Anonymousreply 3403/05/2012

Aww, R10's mommy liked her brothers more.

by Anonymousreply 3503/05/2012

Oh dear. Somebody needs more hugs from daddy.

by Anonymousreply 3603/05/2012

She was a laughing stock when she wento Afghanistan She'd been blonde and she dyed her hair brown, because her real hair color was brown and she klnew that -- being in a war zone -- she wouldn't be able to get her roots touched up once a month anymore, so she went "natural."

Then she said no, she dyed her hair to look more like a local. Yeah. That's the story.

by Anonymousreply 3703/05/2012

[quote]she said something about how there's an Australian saying about chopping down poppies or something.

She was no doubt talking about Tall Poppy Syndrome:

by Anonymousreply 3803/05/2012

R37 - She might be able to make it as talking head on MSNBC. I suspect I'd agree with her, politically speaking on pretty much everything judging from what I've heard her say. But she just isn't a "journalist" and isn't cut out to be. She's unable to maintain professionalism and objectivity while anchoring.

She really is embarrassing but I think she just hasn't been put in a position where her talents can shine. Maybe they should use her as Joy Behar's replacement at HLN. Hell, give her Piers Morgan's chair. He's a moron and absolutely NOBODY likes him anyway.

by Anonymousreply 3903/05/2012

Is this CNN's equivalent of Morning Joe, where the blonde woman says idiotic things and everyone just looks at her?

by Anonymousreply 4003/05/2012

Sort of, r40, but in her case I don't think it's part of any shtick. I heart aches for her cohost whose career dies a little bit more, by association, everytime BanBuffoon opens her mouth.

by Anonymousreply 4103/05/2012

I first saw her on MSNBC about 12 years ago. She covered 9-11, and I remember her being down at Ground Zero on a daily basis.

by Anonymousreply 4201/17/2013

She is Canadian.

by Anonymousreply 4301/17/2013

I love her for this

by Anonymousreply 4401/17/2013

I like CNN, but this woman, Ashley Banfield, is very anoying. She interrupts her guests constantly. She talks too much and injects her opinion everywhere. She is not as well educated as the other CNN anchors, but she wants to sound like a lawyer. She loves to hear herself talk. I find myself saying: "Shut up! let the expert talk!" I usually have to change the channel before I get a heart attack.

by Anonymousreply 4504/11/2013

There's not room at MSNBC for both her and S E Cupp. Although the idea of the two of them co-hosting a show would be ... different!

by Anonymousreply 4604/11/2013

I haven't liked this chick for a decade.

by Anonymousreply 4704/11/2013

She's Canadian.

by Anonymousreply 4804/11/2013

What a embarrassment she is to the REAL News journalists.. Cant believe CNN hired her let alone put her on a anchor job...They should walk her out the back door.!

She has no business being in the news reporting industry.

I stopped watching the george Zimmerman trial on CNN because of her interrupting giving her NON LEGAL EXPERIENCED opinions. She never even graduated COLLEGE in canada.!

What the hell is CNN thinking....

by Anonymousreply 4907/11/2013

Why is she still on?

by Anonymousreply 5008/23/2013

She needs to go back to Canada if that is where she is from. Barbara Boxer put Ms. Bitch in her place about Obama being Barbara' s president. Barbara told her he is your President too, and the President of the United States of America. Capeech?

by Anonymousreply 5110/03/2013

She is Canadian, and ALL Canadians are proud of Ashleigh

by Anonymousreply 5210/03/2013

Why do people keep treating these networks as if they're anything more than entertainment sources and filler for commercials? There is no actual news transmitted, its simply politics as bloodsport and "news" as entertainment, corporate PR, and ego stroking.

by Anonymousreply 5310/03/2013

[bold]OP IS A GOP SHILL;[/bold]

Ashley Banfield is the one that called out the Republican Senators on why THIER PAYROLL wasn't affect by the Shutdown??

I thought that was a brilliant and we need to see more of it.

by Anonymousreply 5410/03/2013

I'm thinking when a nation news anchor raises the ire of the GOP Publicists— they take their revenge by spreading shit about that anchor. Across internet forums, on the news site comments sections, anywhere and everywhere.

The GOP must maintain the illusion that MOST people agree with them.

When an anchor does what SHE did to those Senators- embarrassing them with simple logical questions- that Anchor MUST PAY THE PRICE.

by Anonymousreply 5510/03/2013

I think she is annoying as hell. And I think she's an blabbering idiot.

CNN keeps trying to find a break through, the whole network is in shambles.

by Anonymousreply 5610/22/2013

She reminds me of a Kardashian.

by Anonymousreply 5710/22/2013

I like her. And I hate news.

by Anonymousreply 5810/22/2013

She's an idiot

by Anonymousreply 5901/06/2014

What did she do now R59

by Anonymousreply 6001/06/2014

She is insultingly ignorant, I believe she shares the same section of the gene pool as Wolf Blitzer.

by Anonymousreply 6103/21/2014

She means well but she's ignorant.

She got ahead because she was considered vey hot in the early days. All the straight men fell over themselves trying to get to her.

In terms of talking over others during interviews, I think Cuomo wears the crown.

CNN is going to shit. Has been from the moment Ted Turner was ousted.

by Anonymousreply 6203/21/2014

[quote]She's from western Canada. Westerners are not the brightest of Canadians.

Which part of the country is Rob Ford from? And the people who elected him?

by Anonymousreply 6303/21/2014

Ford is from Toronto.

by Anonymousreply 6403/21/2014

Her work was exemplary on MSNBC. She was one of the first to call a spade a spade with Fox.

R10, you're a knee-jerk asshole.

by Anonymousreply 6503/21/2014

Cannot Stomache this Woman. She Is No Journalist....CNN DITCH THIS BITCH

by Anonymousreply 6606/25/2015
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