Amanpour Doesn’t Play the Game

Does that make her a loser as host of ABC’s “This Week”?

Problem is, panache and no-nonsense briskness don’t seem to charm the permanent floating chattering party in Washington, and apparently does not appeal to the Sunday morning talk show audiences. Sly wink-winks, joshing elbows in the ribs, deference to insiders, to the establishment, to the media savants – that goes a long way.

Amanpour doesn’t know the game or doesn’t care to learn. She stays outside the sandbox. And she’s not invited to play.