Ashleigh Banfield 9/11 Coverage: WTC7 - "That is the building that is going to go down next"
ASHLEIGH BANFIELD: "...that building,... the tall one, is number 7 World Trade Center. For several reports from
serveral different officers now, that that is the building that is going to go down next. In fact, one
officer told me, they're just waiting for that to come down at this point,... that there is no way
it is going to be recovered and there is no way that they can stabilize it."
Key find: The
scoop on Ashleigh Banfield in February 2001 Three weeks before her final broadcast in October 1999, she began wearing glasses.
Although she claims she needed them for reading the TelePrompTer, some at the
station were suspicious. "The story going around is that when she sent out her
résumé tapes, one of the recipients asked, 'How do we know you are a serious
journalist?'" relates a source at Fox 4. "Then the glasses appeared."
Cameras then caught the collapse of both of the twin towers, showing white smoke billowing
throughout the streets of lower Manhattan. A shaken Ashleigh Banfield reporting
on MSNBC described debris showering around.
"Oh, my God," a breathless Banfield said. "It's just unbelievable."
C-SPAN took phone calls from shaken US taxpayers. One caller - standing on the landmass called
California - said:
"This is a sign to US Taxpayers: We think we have the strongest agents and taxpayers and they hit us;
they knew where to hit us."
10/7/2003: Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante was interviewed on an East Los Angeles street corner by
MSNBC's Ashleigh Banfield, she of the titanium specs. Banfield suggested that Bustamante was
a "celebrity" in his own right within California's Latino community. To the end, the
lieutenant governor insisted he had the votes to win. Then he was off to catch a Southwest
shuttle--the sign of a candidate who's a populist, and penniless (In case you're curious,
Banfield's hair appears to have gone from pre-9/11 blonde and then an Afghan black to
a recall mousy brown.)
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Sept 18, 2001: MSNBC's ASHLEIGH
BANFIELD grabbed a cab from her West Side apartment
and then ran 30 blocks to report on the massacre. Normally the co-host of MSNBC's "Newsfront," an evening
hour-long look at the latest news and popular culture (insert Anderson Cooper link here), Banfield was thrust center stage by her proximity
to the massacre. She and a fellow crewmember* were a block and a half away when the second tower collapsed,
engulfing them in choking dust and debris. The two escaped by kicking in a glass door to a nearby
building lobby, then later emerging to file the first of many reports from the front line.
* Ed. Note - Is this the 'fellow crewmember' whom in the late fall of 2001 or winter of 2002, she announced
on-air, that she was engaged to? Later, she then called off the engagement, no?