You know, if you’re going to elevate a reporter to host a Sunday morning talk show, he should at least have a record of honest reporting, you know, getting at the truth — and not showing a particular prejudice for one side. But, if someone shows a particular animus toward one nation and another worldview, it is perhaps not a good idea to put that person in a position where she’d be interviewing Washington’s leading policy makers every week.
ABC News is close to concluding a deal to install the longtime CNN foreign correspondent Christiane Amanpour as the new host of its Sunday political discussion show “This Week.”
As Donald Douglas reminds us in his post, Christiane Amanpour Would Be Disaster for ABC’s ‘This Week’, this “leftist and critic of the Iraq war is is married to Jamie Rubin, who was Assistant Secretary of State in Democrat Bill Clinton’s administration.”
And she’s not much of a draw either. Her latest ratings have her capturing barely one-third of the audience of the FoxNews program in the same Sunday time slot as hers; and she’s well behind MSNBC among the coveted 25-54 demographic.
If you want to know why the MSM is in decline, the mere fact that ABC would even consider someone with the record of Ms. Amanpour should help explain things. She is not known for her even-handedness, but for favoring enemies of the United States and their apologists on the left and being excessively critical of American policies, their defenders and our allies, particularly Israel.
It has been the success of folks like her that accounts, in large measure, for the decline in the MSM. People know bias when they see it. And this lady sure is biased.
NB: I changed the title and revised the first paragraph of this post because I thought my attempt at humor failed.