Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Christiane Amanpour Would Be Disaster for ABC's 'This Week'

I don't know what's gotten into the execs at ABC News, but they should step back from their expected decision to name Christiane Amanpour as the host of the Sunday flagship broadcast, "This Week."

NYT reports, "
ABC and Amanpour Close to Deal for ‘This Week’":
Ms. Amanpour has been discussing the possible move with news colleagues — including some prospective ones from ABC — over the last month. One concern raised by at least one of these contacts has been that she is not primarily known for reporting on Washington or American politics. But one ABC News staff member said that Ms. Amanpour had been convinced that she could make the switch from international to political reporting.
I'm not convinced, and the timing for this would be inauspicious, since the network has been doing well with the move of Diane Sawyer to "World News Tonight" and with George Stephanopoulos to "GMA."

I've been watching the network a lot more lately, and I've been pleasantly surprised, frankly. But I don't trust Amanpour. A leftist and critic of the Iraq war, she's married to Jamie Rubin, who was Assistant Secretary of State in Democrat Bill Clinton's administration.

See, "
CNN's Christiane Amanpour: Iraq war 'a disaster': Personal opinion from chief international reporter: 'It just gets worse and worse'."