People: Dec. 3, 2001

AS IF COMPETING AGAINST GERALDO RIVERA WEREN'T BAD ENOUGH

So covering a war in Afghanistan is brutal? Try battling the Wall Street Journal's Tunku Varadarajan. In a column on female war correspondents, CNN's CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR is "second-rate," parachuting into war zones "kitted out in flak jackets"; MSNBC's ASHLEIGH BANFIELD is undergoing "a complex learning process" on air, starring in the story by dyeing her blond hair brown. "Despicable!" Banfield says, comparing talk of her looks and $400 titanium-framed glasses to how the Taliban treats Afghan women. At least when Dan Rather wrapped himself in mufti to report from Afghanistan, he only...

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