On The Shoulders of a “Has-Been*”

In an TVNewser article pointing out that currently “all the major TV nets and cablers - ABC, CBS, NBC/MSNBC, CNN, FNC - have male Chief White House Correspondents,” ABC News’s Sam Donaldson describes how he once found himself giving Lesley Stahl a piggy-back ride of sorts on a rope line during the Reagan years:

We were all pushing and shoving to get up front [and] all of a sudden, I became aware of something on my back! Lesley had hurled herself [on his back]…that woman is a determined woman, and she was determined to get up there [to the front], and my goodness…she asked her questions, and I admired that.

*(Remember when President Bush called Donaldson a “has-been” in 2006 when Donaldson asked Bush whether actor Mel Gibson should “be forgiven” for his anti-Semitic comments? And Donaldson replied that it’s better to be a “has-been than a never-was?”)

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Liz Cox Barrett is a writer at CJR.