Fox Sports president Eric Shanks welcomed Erin Andrews to the fold this week by calling her “one of the hardest-working, most respected individuals in sports television.” LA Daily News columnist Tom Hoffarth begs to disagree.

In a scorching piece that already has one blogger coming to the former ESPN reporter’s defense, Hoffarth criticizes Andrews for reading off notes on-camera and being a poor ad-libber. He opines that the 34-year-old’s “bafflingly spectacular” career arc has more to do with her looks, reality TV detours and public’s fascination with TMZ-fed scandal:

The Erin Andrews Effect, as sports media phenomena, is driving more female communications majors into taking as many shortcuts as possible to grab a coveted sideline reporting or studio host job instead of risking the time and challenge necessary to try play-by-play, game analysis, or even what’s still referred to as journalism at a magazine, newspaper or website. You’d think that by now, someone would have realized her actions speak louder than her nasally vapid words.

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