As the Casey Anthony trial has (tragically) demonstrated missing children often equal huge ratings for networks.
Without question the most famous missing child in recent memory was Elizabeth Smart, who was kidnapped from her home at age 14 and discovered 8 months later.
So, using the logic of TV execs after big ratings, it follows that she might make the perfect “expert” when these stories arise.
Or at least that appears to be what ABC News is thinking. Howie Kurtz broke the news last night that they are in the process of hiring Smart as a pundit who will help viewers “understand missing-persons stories from the perspective of knowing what a family experiences when a loved one goes missing.”
So basically she is being hired to shill her own terrible story on television every time another family is suffering a similar ordeal.
Which, while somewhat creepy and disheartening (imagine having your entire professional life defined by something that happened to you when you were 14), is probably a smart financial move for Smart. This way she has a regular paying gig, instead of simply being hounded by bookers every time another child goes missing.
ABC, meanwhile, is currently pushing Diane Sawyer‘s big exclusive with Jaycee Duggard, who was kidnapped at age 11 and kept prisoner in a backyard compound. Like I said, big business.
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