Amanpour's Israel Special: What Could Go Wrong?

Bill Schanefelt
The liberal media bastion, ABC, has announced that its zealously-impartial controversial global affairs anchor, Christiane Amanpour, will host a series on the history of Israel. What next, Charles Manson to host a series on Hollywood starlets?

Breitbart's William Bigelow is amazed at the audacity of ABC:

In an affront to religious Jews and religious Christians everywhere, ABC News has chosen vehemently anti-Israel and anti-Christian journalist Christiane Amanpour to host a two-part primetime special about the history of the land of Israel that will air December 21 and 28. According to ABC, "Back to the Beginning" will feature Amanpour, who will "explore the powerful stories from Genesis to the Birth of Jesus." Claiming she will use "the Old Testament as a guidebook," ABC intones that the show will "peel back the layers of history and faith that has inspired billions."

He is not alone as we see in this piece by Rabbi Yaakov Spivak:

Amanpour has twisted the news to such an extent that the average viewer in middle America gets a distorted picture of what is really going on in the Middle East.

What is so unnerving about it, what is so disturbing about it, is that she doesn't attempt to hide her bias, rather it's in your face anti-Israel hatred.

The mask is off TV network news at ABC. The bias and the anti-Israel attacks are sickening.

This will not be Ms. Amanpour's first such undertaking, and its reception will likely match that of an earlier one:

CNN's Christiane Amanpour has set a new standard -- and not the kind a news network usually trumpets. "God's Jewish Warriors," her two-hour screed against Israeli settlers and American supporters of Israel, is the most poisonously biased and factually shoddy feature to air on mainstream American television in recent memory.

Ms. Amanpour was born in London and raised in Tehran by her Iranian father Mohammad, an airline executive, and her British mother, Patricia. And:

After completing the larger part of her elementary education in Iran, she was sent ...to boarding school in England when she was 11. She attended Holy Cross Convent... and then... New Hall School, in Chelmsford, Essex. Christiane and her family returned to England not long after the Islamic Revolution began. She has stressed that they were not forced to leave the country, but were actually returning to England when Iraq invaded Iran. The family eventually remained in England, finding it difficult to return to Iran.

Salon's Glen Greenwald will undoubtedly be pleased with the series, but few supporters of Israel are likely to join in that pleasure.

The liberal media bastion, ABC, has announced that its zealously-impartial controversial global affairs anchor, Christiane Amanpour, will host a series on the history of Israel. What next, Charles Manson to host a series on Hollywood starlets?

Breitbart's William Bigelow is amazed at the audacity of ABC:

In an affront to religious Jews and religious Christians everywhere, ABC News has chosen vehemently anti-Israel and anti-Christian journalist Christiane Amanpour to host a two-part primetime special about the history of the land of Israel that will air December 21 and 28. According to ABC, "Back to the Beginning" will feature Amanpour, who will "explore the powerful stories from Genesis to the Birth of Jesus." Claiming she will use "the Old Testament as a guidebook," ABC intones that the show will "peel back the layers of history and faith that has inspired billions."

He is not alone as we see in this piece by Rabbi Yaakov Spivak:

Amanpour has twisted the news to such an extent that the average viewer in middle America gets a distorted picture of what is really going on in the Middle East.

What is so unnerving about it, what is so disturbing about it, is that she doesn't attempt to hide her bias, rather it's in your face anti-Israel hatred.

The mask is off TV network news at ABC. The bias and the anti-Israel attacks are sickening.

This will not be Ms. Amanpour's first such undertaking, and its reception will likely match that of an earlier one:

CNN's Christiane Amanpour has set a new standard -- and not the kind a news network usually trumpets. "God's Jewish Warriors," her two-hour screed against Israeli settlers and American supporters of Israel, is the most poisonously biased and factually shoddy feature to air on mainstream American television in recent memory.

Ms. Amanpour was born in London and raised in Tehran by her Iranian father Mohammad, an airline executive, and her British mother, Patricia. And:

After completing the larger part of her elementary education in Iran, she was sent ...to boarding school in England when she was 11. She attended Holy Cross Convent... and then... New Hall School, in Chelmsford, Essex. Christiane and her family returned to England not long after the Islamic Revolution began. She has stressed that they were not forced to leave the country, but were actually returning to England when Iraq invaded Iran. The family eventually remained in England, finding it difficult to return to Iran.

Salon's Glen Greenwald will undoubtedly be pleased with the series, but few supporters of Israel are likely to join in that pleasure.