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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Aside from her flaming liberalism, I can’t stand her droning monotone.
I think she’s really Antonio Banderas in drag.......
Truly, these media people are so full of themselves, and think they are righting what they consider wrong. But, actually, they don't ever solve any problem or help anything.
Today's reporters, or so called journalists, are all "non-achievers," who couldn't make tea if you gave them the boiling water and tea bags. They would spend too much time faulting the water quality or the quantity of tea in the bag.
“Tantamount to the U.N. electing Iran to the Commission on Women’s Rights. Sheesh.”
I was thinking something along the lines of Hamas mediating Israel/Palestinian peace talks.
I haven't seen as much of her since I don't have/haven't had cable service (no point in feeding a monster hard-earned cash). But I'll keep an eye out.
Up until now, my impression of her has been that she's an internationalist, a floating-cocktail-party lotus-eater and NWO/Bilderberg minion, and hardcore CFR material. Her husband's a U.S. diplomat or something.
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This should cause ratings to really go up!/s
She’s not liberal, she’s Leftist! Big dif!
She's a foreigner, born and raised in Iran and educated in England.
She has no business running a show about American politics, because her knowledge of the subject is a fusion of oriental prejudice and eurotrash posturing.
Calling her "liberal" implies that she belongs on our political spectrum, when clearly she does not.
Amanpour was born in Iran to her father, Mohammad, an Iranian airline executive and her British mother, Patricia. The Amanpours led a privileged life under the government of the Shah of Iran.
I wonder how long they’ll stick with this “experiment”. Tapper was doing better than Stephonolopous was in terms of ratings. There’s NO WAY she’s going to do as well as Tapper. I’m sure this first show will have an uptick in viewers, but so did Katie Courics first show - and then it went downhill from there, quickly.
and ignorant to what most of this country stands for.
Thanks for catching this, Dragonfly!
....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......
She's much more than that.
Christiane Amanpour was born in Iran to an Iranian father and English mother. She has always been a cheerleader of any and all Muslims.
She made her name & career on the Bosnian war when Iran & Saudi Arabia were supplying the Bosnian Muslims with illegal arms -- but they didn't have to worry about being exposed because they had Christiane as their very public pro-Muslim cheerleader.
About ten years ago, she did a special on Iran and why the US should normalize relations with Iran -- it was anything but "objective", it was a virtual commercial for Iran.
Her marriage to former Clinton Press Secretary Jamie Rubin is nothing more that window dressing for anyone who might call her "anti-Semitic" or "pro-Muslim", which she most definitely is.
Thanks for posting this, as I will no longer be watching This Week as long as she is on it! I detest that woman!
I wouldn’t watch C. Amaputz do anything much less a news show. She is a news entertainer—she would fit right into Geoebbel’s propaganda unit.
But liberals love her, they are all in kumbaya mode with islam and hope to become friends. Dhimmitude is way life for the liberal.
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