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ABC News Hires Elizabeth Smart as Correspondent

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

ABC News has reportedly hired former kidnap victim Elizabeth Smart to be a special correspondent.

The Daily Beast said the network will soon announce that it has hired Smart to be an expert on missing children, to file reports on "Good Morning America" and perhaps other shows.

“This is definitely not about looking backward and telling her story, which has been well told and retold,” ABC spokeswoman Julie Townsend told The Daily Beast. Rather, her role will be “helping viewers understand missing-persons stories from the perspective of knowing what a family experiences when a loved one goes missing.”

Townsend said Smart will appear “when there are missing children or missing-person cases in the news.”Smart, of course, was 14 years old when she was snatched from her bedroom in Utah in 2002. She was found nine-months later. In May one of her kidnappers began serving a life sentence.

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Howard Kurtz of The Daily Beast writes that Smart's hiring seems "odd."

Other than fame—as the victim of a horrifying crime—what exactly are her qualifications?...

This doesn’t feel like a news outlet hiring an ex-athlete, former prosecutor, or out-of-work politician as a commentator who had made a mark in the field.