Three cheers for Christiane Amanpour

Christiane Amanpour, the capital's newest talking head, has been roundly abused for lacking insider status. But she has something more important

Tish Durkin

For all I know, Christiane Amanpour could be the most craven, cutthroat shrew in the history of the network diva. As the new host of ABC’s This Week, she might turn out to be the biggest news-babe disaster since Face to Face With Connie Chung. But as the replacement for George Stephanapoulos in the Sunday-morning slot, Amanpour is an inspired and inspiring choice, and I heartily hope she succeeds.

Washington Post critic Tom Shales evidently wishes otherwise. In a blistering critique of Amanpour's debut, Shales objected to the shape of the table around which guests were seated. He chafed at the excessive fanfare with which the arriving “duchess” was heralded. He opposed the pre-taping of major interviews on what ought to be a live television-news broadcast.

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