Had been working on a post on sex differences, but my mind is jut not in a writing mood right now. So, I’ll do a quick post on the departure from ABC News’s “This Week” of one of the most biased reporters in broadcast journalism:
Christiane Amanpour will soon step down as host of ABC’s “This Week” to take on a new role at the network, where she’ll host about six primetime specials a year and appear on ABC News programs, while also launching a new global affairs show on CNN International, according a source familiar with the emerging arrangements. (UPDATE: Amanpour confirmed the news in a statement.)
“Good Morning America” co-host George Stephanopoulos, who previously hosted “This Week,” will take over once again. He’ll continue hosting GMA during the week.
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“This Week” — which has traditionally focused on domestic politics — has slipped in the ratings. And lately, it’s CBS’s “Face the Nation” — not former number two “This Week” — that’s battling NBC’s “Meet the Press” for first place among Sunday morning news shows.
No wonder the show slipped in the ratings. Miss Amanpour has a haughty attitude toward Americans, as if her British accent renders her wiser than her less eloquent interlocutors.
Not just that, her worldview is more in line with bureaucrats at international agencies than one attuned to the realities of popular opinions and the dynamics of national governments — and their interactions with one another. She often takes world leaders and resistance figures at their word if they express views critical of the United States — or of the longest-lasting democracy in the Middle East (Israel) without bothering to verify their claims.
She seems skeptical of the claims by American and Israeli officials, not to mention those of other less “internationalist” leaders.
Nice to see her depart from David Brinkley’s seat at ABC, but unfortunate that the network will keep her on. Unfortunate also that a former Clinton administration official will be replacing her. Guess the show will only be slightly less skewed to the left.
If even-handedness were a criterion for work in broadcast journalism, Miss Amanpour would never have advanced as far as she had. And her departure from “The Week” would not have her retaining responsibilities at ABC and returning to CNN, but following in the footsteps of Keith Olbermann.