There has been a lot of scoffing on Facebook and beyond about this Dec. 15 report. But the journalist responsible for the claim that a certain 70-year-old Hollywood icon is being considered for the leadership of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is no beginner.
The career of New York-based Daily Mail senior reporter Ben Ashton dates back to before the debut of NBC’s The Apprentice. He started out in the U.K. with the Croydon Advertiser and in 2004, moved on to the position of crime reporter with Tindle Newspapers in London:
I was responsible for covering major crimes, murders and gang culture in some of London’s toughest neighborhoods.