WashPost Writer Smears Christiane Amanpour as Taliban Mourner
August 2, 2010
(ChattahBox)—Tom Shales, a long-standing TV critic writing for the Washington Post, just went off the deep end in penning his vicious and hysterical attack of Christiane Amanpour’s debut as host of ABC’s “This Week.” Shales not only resorted to schoolyard name-calling, dubbing Amanpour, a “globe-trotting Fancy-Pants,” but even more insidiously, he suggested that she’s a Taliban sympathizer. How did Shales arrive at such a hateful and irrational conclusion? He took issue with Amanpour’s narration of the show’s “In Memoriam” segment, when she said it was in remembrance of “all of those who died in war.” In the dark recesses of Shales warped mind, that translates into mourning for the Taliban.
Amanpour, a former highly-respected, veteran foreign correspondent for CNN, was born in Iran to an Iranian father and a British mother, schooled in England and earning a degree in journalism from the University of Rhode Island. She brings a smart and international perspective to coverage of U.S. politics on “This Week.” But Shale, instead, prefers to resort to ugly nativism, using Amanpour’s background to fantasize about her non-existent sympathies for terrorists:
“Perhaps in keeping with the newly globalized program, the commendable “In Memoriam” segment ended with a tribute not to American men and women who died in combat during the preceding week but rather, said Amanpour in her narration, in remembrance of “all of those who died in war” in that period. Did she mean suggest that our mourning extend to members of the Taliban?”
Eric Boehlert of Media Matters, asks “What is wrong with this man…?”
“Are you kidding me? Shales really suggested that on her network debut, Amanpour gave a shout-out to members of the Taliban who died in combat last week? What is wrong with this man and when will Shales have the decency to extend an apology to Amanpour?” [...]
“Shales must have been the only viewer on the planet who thought Amanpour was honoring fallen terrorists on ABC yesterday,” added Boehlert.
This is not the first time Shales has viciously attacked Amanpour for her global outlook, which in right-wing circles is supposedly a bad thing. After she was tapped as the new “This Week” host, Shales went on a hateful rant, suggesting Amanpour is biased against Israel, saying she is “the opposite of the perfect candidate.”
ABC responded, saying “If we are being accused of hiring one of the most well respected journalists in the world we proudly plead guilty and cannot wait for Christiane to focus her considerable talents on the Sunday morning landscape.”
Since Shale’s latest smear of Amanpour, the right-wing xenophobic attack machine is already piling on. NewsBusters today, complained that Amanpour is tainting the ABC Sunday news show with her “foreigner’s perspective.”
This entire line of attack against a respected journalist is a disgrace.
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