Remember Elizabeth Smart, the 14-year-old Salt Lake City girl who was kidnapped for nine months by a couple living nearby her home? Well, that was nearly ten years ago, the couple was convicted, and Smart has recovered. She gives speeches and wrote a book and has generally moved on. Until now. Howard Kurtz reports that she’ll be helping viewers live through newsworthy kidnappings in a contributor’s role at ABC, working for Nightline and Good Morning America.
As Gawker’s Seth Abramovitch observes:
Personally, I think this is an untapped resource. Why stop at Elizabeth, ABC? Let’s get Rihanna back on camera as a domestic-abuse correspondent. And Fantasia Barrino as a teenage-rape consultant. After all, it’s not exploiting their trauma if you pay them for it, right?
Elizabeth Smart, Network Pundit? [Daily Beast]