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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Christiane Amanpour Tapped For "This Week" Host

By Alan Smithee

I like Christiane Amanpour as a foreign affairs correspondent. But I was shocked when ABC News announced that she would be replacing George Stephanopoulos as the host of "This Week." I am still trying to get my head around how the ABC brass came up with that one.

"This Week" is an inside the Beltway chat fest that in no way plays to Amanpour's strengths. It would be like appointing Donna Brazile, left, to cover politics in former Soviet Union provinces. I mean she could do it, but how good would she be at it. That clearly is not her calling. Speaking of Brazile, she would have made a much better host than Amanpour, right. She IS inside the Beltway. Heck she IS the Beltway. She knows the players and she knows the game as well as anybody. Plus, in my humble opinion, Brazile's personality and knowledge clearly fit that chair better than Amanpour's unique take.

Oh well. I'm just a failed director/producer. What do I know.
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