Amanpour takes over ABC’s This Week

posted at 3:15 pm on March 19, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

After George Stephanopoulos left the Sunday morning talk show This Week to co-host Good Morning America, most people figured that the Sunday gig would go to one of ABC’s political reporters, perhaps Jake Tapper or Nightline’s Terry Moran.  Instead, ABC chose Christiane Amanpour from CNN’s foreign-service reporting, an odd choice for a market most interested in domestic politics:

Christiane Amanpour has been named the new anchor of “This Week,” ABC News President David Westin announced today.

“I am delighted to announce that Christiane Amanpour will join ABC News as the new anchor of “This Week,” Westin said in an e-mail to the ABC News staff. “A highly respected journalist recognized around the world for her reporting, she brings to her new position a wealth of experience and knowledge, as well as a deep commitment to bringing news of the world to the American people.”

Westin said Amanpour will appear on other ABC News programs and platforms to provide international analysis on the issues of the day, as well as anchor primetime documentaries on international subjects for the network.

Lisa de Moraes calls critics of the move “Negative Nancys”:

Amanpour, one of the country’s most respected international correspondents, will also appear on other ABC News programs and platforms to provide international analysis of the important issues of the day, ABC News said in Thursday’s announcement. She will anchor primetime documentaries on international subjects for ABC. She starts in August. “This Week” will continue to be broadcast from the Newseum in Washington.

Various Negative Nancys spent Thursday puzzling over what ABC News was thinking by hiring someone outside the box, with little knowledge of domestic politics, to anchor “This Week.” Amanpour, who grew up in Iran and Britain, the daughter of an Iranian father and a British mother, will be the first broadcast TV Sunday Beltway show anchor with a distinctly non-American accent, they said.

Nonsense.  Her accent has nothing to do with the criticism of hiring a reporter whose entire work has been focused on covering the foreign desk to a position that focuses on domestic politics.  The Sunday talk show audience usually watches to get a longer-view perspective on American politics, moderated by someone with credibility in that arena.  That’s why the late Tim Russert got the hosting duties for Meet the Press and Bob Schieffer handles it for CBS on Face the Nation.

Moreover, people like Russert and Schieffer built a reputation for fairness and even-handedness prior to assuming the duties of interviewer/moderator.  As this confrontation with Marc Thiessen on CNN in January showed, Amanpour has a well-earned reputation as a journalistic activist, not someone who works objectively.  In that same interview, she showed a remarkable lack of preparation and background on the subject which she was covering.

Instead of getting a seasoned political reporter who had built a reputation for objectivity, or at least fairness, for this role, ABC went outside of its house to snag someone who barely knows the main subject matter in which their audience is interested.  That doesn’t mean that Amanpour can’t grow into the role, of course; she may wind up doing very well indeed.  It does make her an odd choice for the job now, however, especially since most Americans put domestic issues like the economy and deficits high up on the agenda — the kind of issues Amanpour hasn’t covered.

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Wake up, s**theads! It ain’t her heritage or whatever; she’s married to Jamie Rubin, former Clinton Asst. Sec’y of State and now, according to Wiki, “…currently an adjunct professor at Columbia University and an informal foreign policy advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama.”

The Mainstream Media: Greek Chorus to Our Modern Tragedy.

Doorgunner on March 19, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Reminder to self:

Continue not watching This Week on ABC.

fogw on March 19, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Yawn!

faol on March 19, 2010 at 4:34 PM

I stopped watching when Georgie was the anchor, but I’ve enjoyed watching George Will beat the tar out of Donna B and her fellow henchman…um, is it Paul Krugman? Can’t stand Chrissie. Wish it had been Jake.

Yellowdog12 on March 19, 2010 at 4:42 PM

I guess she couldn’t drive cnn’s ratings any lower(below zero). The race is on now for who will get the bus bumper first over this obvious debacle. These idiots can’t pour piss out of a boot with the instructions on the bottom.

nukeemnow on March 19, 2010 at 4:43 PM

It goes from “That’s Weak with Steffy” to “That’s Weak(er) with Chrissy.” Loosing even more viewers along the way. She’s more than clueless about most topics, domestic politics aren’t even in her wheelhouse. But she sure does echo the liberal party line. Good move ABC (Absent Bloody Crediblity). Next step is cancellation.

Enigma on March 19, 2010 at 4:44 PM

Ugh.

She is a doofus hiding behind an accent that she thinks makes her sound smart.

Scrappy on March 19, 2010 at 4:54 PM

Many years ago, I found her kind of hot wearing khaki fatigues in third world hell-holes with a cacophony of AK-47 rounds in the background, but that enamorment has long since dissipated.

Will anyone even notice this move?

It will take more than this to save CNN?

molonlabe28 on March 19, 2010 at 4:55 PM

Welcome to “Hezbollah This Week”!

mojo on March 19, 2010 at 4:56 PM

I can’t think of many people less qualified to discuss domestic politics on TV. Amanpour understands the political landscape of America like a dog understands calculus.

RBMN on March 19, 2010 at 5:02 PM

This was not a good choice. This lady is a progressive with european statist sympathies. She has been a snide opponent of American exceptionalism for a very long time. I think she has lived with her husband, Jamie Rubin, in europe for many years. She definitely does not like America as it is and will surely let us know it every week.

KickandSwimMom on March 19, 2010 at 5:09 PM

With Amanpour I think ABC was striving for credibility, which she definately has

Archimedes on March 19, 2010 at 3:50 PM

“credibility”? Please give us some examples of her “credible reporting” for a network that has been repeatedly embarrassed by fabricated news stories.

Del Dolemonte on March 19, 2010 at 5:12 PM

David Brinkley is rolling over in his grave.

Del Dolemonte on March 19, 2010 at 5:13 PM

OK, Who did she have to snorkel?

PappaMac on March 19, 2010 at 5:30 PM

Why not Tapper? He’s developed that credibility. Even though he’s a granola-eating lefty in his personal life, he’s nearly always shot straight, and gone after the idiocies this administration tries to fly.

JeffWeimer on March 19, 2010 at 5:38 PM

Off one sinking ship and onto a second.

Angry Dumbo on March 19, 2010 at 6:11 PM

Why would one of the biggest America haters in media move to American Broadcasting Company.

Money?

Bwahahaha.

reaganaut on March 19, 2010 at 6:18 PM

I’ve been watching TW for over 2 decades now (usually just the roundtable since I can’t stand seeing politicians interviewed). Tapper was the ovious choice. The Amanpour pick is ill-conceived and will turn off at least 1/3 of TW’s viewers. I’ll find something else to do on Sunday mornings now.

sbvft contributor on March 19, 2010 at 7:23 PM

All I can figure is that ABC is going to abandon trying to sell this product to a US market. This show is going to be for foreign consumption. And considering Amanpoor’s biased, and state controlled, reporting from Iraq for 8 or 10 years, I doubt they will believe anything she says.

Freddy on March 19, 2010 at 8:30 PM

ABC has decided to cast off their 5 million viewers and compete for MSNBC’s 300,000? Odd choice, indeed.

This goofy bitch makes Andrea Mitchell look almost like a journalist.

Jaibones on March 19, 2010 at 8:34 PM

The Whore of Baghdad? She’d be more appropriate hosting the Great Satan News Hour on Al-Jizz.

bofh on March 19, 2010 at 8:58 PM

Jesus, I mis Sam and the Coke-Nose.

Lanceman on March 19, 2010 at 9:05 PM

Good news for Chris Wallace .

borntoraisehogs on March 19, 2010 at 9:19 PM

This makes perfect sense to me. As this nation hurdles headlong into an economical and societal Euro-socialist transformation it only make sense to bring in folks with expertise living and working in that kind of society.

paulsur on March 19, 2010 at 10:56 PM

Stopped watching This Week when David left. Don’t look like I’ll be changing from Fox News Sunday anytime soon.

opusrex on March 20, 2010 at 6:55 PM

I’ve been watching TW for over 2 decades now (usually just the roundtable since I can’t stand seeing politicians interviewed). Tapper was the ovious choice. The Amanpour pick is ill-conceived and will turn off at least 1/3 of TW’s viewers. I’ll find something else to do on Sunday mornings now.

sbvft contributor on March 19, 2010 at 7:23 PM

You’re welcome to stop by and mow my lawn. ;-)

UltimateBob on March 21, 2010 at 1:15 AM

She can speak to Ahmadinejad in his own language. If that isn’t a plus, I don’t know what is. More Clintonista terrorist-sympathizing libnuts on ABC. What’s new?

Philly on March 21, 2010 at 9:04 AM

And will she commute to D.C. from her home in London every week?

Philly on March 21, 2010 at 9:07 AM

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