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Tom Shales reviews Christiane Amanpour's lackluster debut on ABC's 'This Week'
WaPo ^ | 08/02/2010 | Tom Shales

Posted on 08/02/2010 11:20:25 AM PDT by OldDeckHand

With pomp and panoply befitting a visit from a foreign dignitary, ABC raised the curtain on its newly revamped "This Week" program and introduced in a big way the superstar who's taken it over in a big, big way: Christiane Amanpour, veteran CNN foreign correspondent now uneasily relocated to a desk job.

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Perhaps in keeping with the newly globalized program, the commendable "In Memoriam" segment ended with a tribute not to American men and women who died in combat during the preceding week but rather, said Amanpour in her narration, in remembrance of "all of those who died in war" in that period. Did she mean to suggest that our mourning extend to members of the Taliban?

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TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Miscellaneous; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: abc; abcnews; absolutebullcrap; amanpour; christianeamanpour; cnn; thisweek; tv
This may be the only column ever written by Tom Shales that I agree with. In fact, I'm stunned that he mentioned how Amanpour put the kibosh to the "In Memoriam" segment, because I thought the exact same thing when I watched the show yesterday.
1 posted on 08/02/2010 11:20:29 AM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: OldDeckHand

So Clinton’s war whore has got another paying gig. Great, another show I don’t watch now and won’t in the future.


2 posted on 08/02/2010 11:22:53 AM PDT by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: equalitybeforethelaw

That name Amanpour pops up and my TV automatically turns to something else ~ She is an exceedingly hateful hag.


3 posted on 08/02/2010 11:24:22 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: OldDeckHand

Should have given that job to John Stossel (before he left for FOX Business) or Jake Tapper.


4 posted on 08/02/2010 11:25:29 AM PDT by GOP_Raider (Please consider the logging and timber industries when printing this tagline)
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To: muawiyah

“She is an exceedingly hateful hag.”

Exceedingly decietful as well.


5 posted on 08/02/2010 11:26:53 AM PDT by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: GOP_Raider

Tapper deserved that job like no other.


6 posted on 08/02/2010 11:27:40 AM PDT by AngryJawa (Obama's Success is America's Failure)
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To: OldDeckHand
Katie Couric times 2. The Perky One bit the dust. Iampoor is a pro terrorist b****. I used to DVR This Week...NO MORE. Bring back Tapper and I'll watch. Otherwise, NO WAY. I suspect that I'm not alone.
7 posted on 08/02/2010 11:28:16 AM PDT by JPG (Journolist diva, Sarah Spitz? No, she swallowed the whole Mongrel agenda.)
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To: GOP_Raider
"Should have given that job to John Stossel (before he left for FOX Business) or Jake Tapper."

I thought Tapper did an admirable job, far better than Stephenopolous. But, I think John Stossel - especially if they let him be John Stossel - would have generated an audience that may have doubled Meet the Depressed. That show would have been ratings GOLD - which goes to show you it's not about ratings and money to these network execs, it's about advocating for their political ideology.

Christiane Amanpour's existing CNN show (prior to leaving CNN), was one of the least watched shows on CNN, which is the least watched cable network, and yet this is the person they tap for that seat. It's ridiculous.

8 posted on 08/02/2010 11:30:39 AM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: OldDeckHand

I liked Jake Tapper....I HATE Jamie Rubin’s wife.


9 posted on 08/02/2010 11:31:37 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: OldDeckHand

Somehow, that the War Slut would do that to “In Memoriam” totally doesn’t surprise me.

}:-)4


10 posted on 08/02/2010 11:33:12 AM PDT by Moose4 (November 2, 2010--the day that "YES WE CAN" becomes "OH NO YOU DIN'T")
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To: OldDeckHand
When Brinkley finally let loose with his honestly-held opinion, what he thought of Clinton, I was on my feet applauding my television.

Sometimes when the great ones pass, we ought to let go of their programs as well. It was stupid for ABC to attempt to carry on with "This Week", especially installing the non-objective Step-on-all-of-us, he's in the chair he fits now. I have not tuned in since the death of David Brinkley ... and have missed nothing whatever.

11 posted on 08/02/2010 11:33:26 AM PDT by MozarkDawg
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To: OldDeckHand

WHO made this awful decision??


12 posted on 08/02/2010 11:34:21 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: OldDeckHand
which goes to show you it's not about ratings and money to these network execs, it's about advocating for their political ideology.

They're expecting the money to come later through political payoffs and favored treatment.

13 posted on 08/02/2010 11:35:04 AM PDT by Prince Caspian
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To: OldDeckHand
"...Did she mean to suggest that our mourning extend to members of the Taliban?..."
Knowing that lady and her love of muslim/arab terrorists, Yes.
14 posted on 08/02/2010 11:35:18 AM PDT by I Buried My Guns (Novare Res!)
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To: OldDeckHand

And he used “panoply” in an unusual and a correct way. Good column.


15 posted on 08/02/2010 11:35:28 AM PDT by Mere Survival (The time to fight was yesterday but now will have to do.)
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To: Ann Archy
"WHO made this awful decision??"

I would imagine it was made by David Westin, President of ABC News. I don't know if he would have had any input from his boss, who I think is a woman named Anne Sweeney.

16 posted on 08/02/2010 11:37:23 AM PDT by OldDeckHand
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To: OldDeckHand

Amanpour makes George Stephanopoulous look like Jesse Helms.


17 posted on 08/02/2010 11:43:52 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Amber Lamps !"~~)
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To: GOP_Raider
" . . . or Jake Tapper."

Or Jack Tripper?
18 posted on 08/02/2010 11:44:40 AM PDT by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine.)
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To: OldDeckHand

This could also be a pretty big boon to a show like Fox News Sunday, too. I would have to surmise that their ratings could go up.


19 posted on 08/02/2010 11:45:53 AM PDT by GOP_Raider (Please consider the logging and timber industries when printing this tagline)
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To: MozarkDawg

If you would look up old school journalism on the internet, I’m pretty sure a picture of David Brinkley would be there. They don’t make them like him anymore. When he did the show and they would cut to his face, it would reek of skepticism as a politician was talking.


20 posted on 08/02/2010 1:04:01 PM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: Old Teufel Hunden

I don’t know. I think MTP should have been hosted by Monica Crowley.


21 posted on 08/02/2010 1:13:29 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Helter Skelter. The Revolution is Upon Us.)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

“I don’t know. I think MTP should have been hosted by Monica Crowley.”

My bad. I meant This Week. Ann Coulter should host MTP.


22 posted on 08/02/2010 1:14:48 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Helter Skelter. The Revolution is Upon Us.)
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To: OldDeckHand

Why is drudge so popular? Because he created a way for people to judge for themselves what the story is and what they think. Network news is dead. People are not naive idiots that listened to some old sage like cronkite to tell them what they think. Give us the raw video, tweet, or post and we will surmise for ourselves what it means and why its important. If those people out there can not do that by now they never will.


23 posted on 08/02/2010 1:30:25 PM PDT by Walkingfeather
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To: OldDeckHand

IDIOTIC DECISION!!


24 posted on 08/02/2010 1:37:07 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: OldDeckHand
I remember the day the Taliban marched triumphantly into Kabul. Christiane Amanpour was by the side of the road, with a CNN camera crew, grinning from ear to ear and commenting what a great day it was.

No network that values its news division would hire someone born in Iran, educated in exclusive (left-wing) English boarding schools and married to a member of the Clinton administration. That's why she's so perfect for ABC.

25 posted on 08/02/2010 1:48:40 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Deb
No network that values its news division would hire someone born in Iran, educated in exclusive (left-wing) English boarding schools and married to a member of the Clinton administration.

Maybe it's just me, but I think her voice and mannerisms reek of arrogant elitism.

26 posted on 08/27/2010 2:42:41 AM PDT by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas (Lt. Col. Ralph Peters: Obama is the dog who caught the fire truck!)
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To: ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas

Totally agree.


27 posted on 08/27/2010 11:24:49 AM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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