I hate to say it. But anybody got a guess how long Christiane Amanpour lasts at This Week?
To be clear, I think she was an absolutely inspired choice by the ABC brass. Brilliant. But with this pushback from the right, do they have the stomach?
I’m not sure how this ends: maybe with a heavily edited Breitbart tape, maybe with an Anti-Defamation League attack on her for saying something critical of the Israeli government, maybe ABC will just claim the ratings were no good.
We’ll see, but I’ll be surprised if she’s still on it in 2011.
Update. My gut feeling is that will be ADL/TNR attack that does her in. Here’s Marty Peretz last week:
This, however, is not the case with Christiane Amanpour who was chief cook and bottle washer for CNN for many years…until, that is, she moved to ABC where she does This Week. She knows just what she is talking about and just how she is slanting her reportage on both Israel and the United States in the Middle East. Her strength is her hauteur.
The competence of Americans to judge Middle Eastern issues would increase dramatically if she were suddenly to find herself out of a job.