Christiane Amanpour

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.

Amanpour: Fact-Based

Christiana Amanpour’s selection as host of “This Week” is seen as an intriguing choice, mostly because of the foreign perspective she brings to the program.  Will she try to force feed the American public a diet of intrigue in Africa or the Far East?  Perhaps.  But there is something more attractive to me:

“My entire career has been based on fact-based reporting,” she said. “I am neither political, nor ideological. I believe in real reporting and facilitating a broader conversation.”

Will that mean that when the Washington pols start off on a tangential lie, she’ll interrupt and say, “But that’s not true”?  She strikes me as someone who does not suffers fools lightly, and there are plenty of them in D.C.