Friday, July 30, 2010

Christiane Amanpour Debuts This Sunday at ABC's 'This Week'

I wasn't thrilled with the news last march of Christiane Amanpour's appointment as ABC News' 'This Week'. I like Amanpour. I had a crush on her in the 1990s, around the time of the Gulf War and she was doing hot satellite reports from hot spots around the world. But she's hopelessly leftist. She'll be just one more Democratic Party insider who's now going to report an unbalanced load of "news" on one of the remaining marquee network programs.

Note as well that's she's been criticized for compromising her objectivity in the past. As it notes at her Wikipedia entry:
Following Iraq's occupation of Kuwait in 1990, Amanpour's reports of the Persian Gulf War brought her wide notice while also taking the network to a new level of news coverage. Thereafter, she reported from the Bosnian war and many other conflict zones. Her emotional delivery from Sarajevo during the Siege of Sarajevo led some viewers and critics to question her professional objectivity, claiming that many of her reports were unjustified and favoured the Bosnian Muslims, to which she replied, "There are some situations one simply cannot be neutral about, because when you are neutral you are an accomplice. Objectivity doesn't mean treating all sides equally. It means giving each side a hearing."
Amanpour is also married to top Democratic foreign policy insider Jamie Rubin, who was Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs and is a current advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

No surprise then that Amanpour's first broadcast will give top Democrats a platform for their spin. See, "
Coming up: TWO EXCLUSIVES: Christiane Amanpour interviews House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Defense Secretary Robert Gates."

Plus, "Christiane Amanpour's 'This Week' Preview":


Rusty Walker said...

I had a crush on her in the 1990s. too! Too bad she has become like so many other reporters who feel the need to give us their party line opinions, losing all objectivity.