Fox News contributor Lauren Ashburn: Credential crisis?
Fox News contributor Lauren Ashburn
has looked defensive of late.
A frequent guest on Howard Kurtz's CNN media program before the pair decamped to Fox, Ashburn was the founder and editor of the news site Daily Download.
That site is now defunct and, when BuzzFeed's Andrew Kaczynski asked her what happened with it, Ashburn didn't respond.
Good move, in all: Ashburn
bootstrapped the Daily Download
thing into television appearances and is now riding high, turning in regular hits on Kurtz's new program on Fox, "Media Buzz.
Who cares if her Daily Download
leadership stops being a useful credential?
And speaking of crumbling credentials, "Media Buzz" has changed its introduction of Ashburn
In the first two months after the program launched in early November, she
was routinely identified as a "Fox News contributor and a former managing editor of USA Today.
Starting in November, however, she
became a "Fox News analyst who writes the top Twitter talk column for foxnews.com
Perhaps Fox News
bagged the "managing editor" thing because it's misleading.
In May, the Erik Wemple Blog asked USA Today
had ever served as a "managing editor," a title that had been attached to her
at least once on CNN programming.
A spokeswoman for USA Today
replied that Ashburn's last title at the organization was "Managing Editor/USA TODAY Live.
It was incorrect, said the spokeswoman, to suggest that Ashburn was a "managing editor" of USA Today, a title that has a loftiness far in excess of Managing Editor/USA Today Live.
Live produced USA Today segments for Gannett TV stations.
Like Daily Download
, it no longer exists.
No one can take issue with her
is indeed a Fox News contributor, and here is her
Top Twitter Talk column.
Yet the dents to Ashburn's resume raise a question: Just what does she
bring to CNN
and Fox News's coverage of the media?
Slate's Dave Weigel yesterday delivered a dreary verdict, writing that Ashburn "has almost nothing to say about anything.
Kurtz, when pressed in May on his CNN
show about why he'd worked closely with Ashburn
on the Daily Download
, cited her expansive television experience.