Skip to comments.Christiane Amanpour’s biased reporting causes..backlash to..selection as host of ABC’s This Week
Posted on 07/31/2010 10:27:13 PM PDT by STARWISE
Christiane Amanpours biased reporting causes a backlash to her selection as host of ABCs This Week
This Sunday, former CNN war correspondent and television host Christiane Amanpour will take over as host of ABCs venerable public affairs show This Week. Her selection for the post, however, has caused a surprisingly potent backlash. Putting aside issues such as the suitability of a foreign affairs reporter for a show on domestic politics and reports of behind-the scenes opposition to her appointment, most of the criticism has concentrated on Amanpours political views and her allegedly biased reporting.
In one form or another, this kind of criticism has dogged Amanpour for a very long time.
Amanpours career took off during the Bosnian wars and, according to many of her colleagues, this was well deserved. In a New York Times profile published at the time, they were almost unanimous in their belief that Amanpour is a gifted war correspondent.
Dominic Robinson, a CNN producer, is quoted as saying, In TV, shes the best. She knows what she wants and how to get it. Shes really hot. Another observer put it in vaguely politically incorrect terms, saying, She gives great war.
Nonetheless, many of her peers also expressed strong misgivings about Amanpours style. They were concerned because, in a way many journalists do but prefer to pretend they do not, Amanpour openly took sides in the Bosnian conflict. The Times profile quotes an anonymous insider who has doubts about Amanpours commitment to objective journalism.
I have winced at some of what shes done, at what used to be called advocacy journalism, he said. She was sitting in Belgrade when that marketplace massacre happened, and she went on the air to say that the Serbs had probably done it. There was no way she could have known that. She was assuming an omniscience which no journalist has.
Indeed, Amanpour herself openly admitted to her biases. In 1996, she told the British newspaper The Guardian,
It drives me crazy when this neutrality thing comes up. Objectivity, that great journalistic buzzword, means giving all sides a fair hearingnot treating all sides the sameparticularly when all sides are not the same. When youre neutral in a situation like Bosnia, you are an accomplicean accomplice to genocide.
Amanpours dedication to advocacy journalism has been criticized in other areas as well, especially the Arab-Israeli conflict and the Middle East in general. The most bitter of these critiques was occasioned by Amanpours 2007 documentary series Gods Warriors.
The series examined religious extremism in three parts on Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, respectively. Many Jews and other supporters of Israel were outraged both by the format of the documentary, which equated Judaism and Christianity with radical Islam, and the content of the episode on Judaism, which many considered to be inaccurate, biased, and perhaps worse.
Citing such lines as Six thousand miles from Israels settlements, in the heart of Manhattan, defiance of international law comes dressed in diamonds, some charged that the series was all but openly anti-Semitic.
One did not have to go this far, however, to see that something was deeply troubling about it. By its very structure of equating the three different situations, wrote critic Jonathan Tobin, now executive editor of Commentary magazine, the series was nothing short of a brazen lie.
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~~In advance of the debut tomorrow morning of one of THE most outrageously biased ‘journalists’ on the planet.
Christiane AmanIdiot should seek to become another wife for Mahmoud Ahmanutjob......
More business for ABC’s competitors — including Fox.
Anyone whose lifestyle would allow them to watch this show on Sun day Morning/////Well//
Agree .. and Jake Tapper did a stand up job.
Really ? Ever heard of opposition research ?
how honest of her to say if you take a side you become a accomplice. If you take the anti-US position, you become accomplice to terrorist, but of course in her little world, its the US thats the criminal, not the terrorists
She replaces George Stephanopoulos. Two sides of the same coin.
He’s nowhere near the anti-American cretin she is,
I won’t watch.
She’s horrid .. can’t stand her... bet she fails,
especially in light of the Journolister subversives.
I’ll be at church, and catch the talkshow thread.
Have a good Sunday, sweet O .. hugs.
((((HUGS and Prayers, darling STAR))))
I plan to read the Sunday thread too...lol.
America hating muslim loving whore.
Advocacy Journalist; she is a rabid America hating foreign subversive.