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Bias Alert: Amanpour to Host Israel Series

Breitbart reports that ABC’s Christiane Amanpour is slated to host a new ABC mini-series on the history and roots of the Middle East conflict. Amanpour has never even tried to keep her antipathy toward Israel (or America) under wraps, so it’s not clear why ABC is setting itself up for such a huge credibility hit:

Join ABC News’ Christiane Amanpour on the ultimate road trip as she travels to the lands of the Bible to explore the powerful stories from Genesis to the Birth of Jesus. “Back to the Beginning” peels back the layers of history and faith that has inspired billions.  Amanpour, the veteran war correspondent, wanted to investigate the roots of those stories that have created so much conflict, and at the same time so much of the healing she has seen across her career.  It is an extraordinary journey through the deserts and cities of the ancient world, to the historical and pilgrimage sites associated with the epic tale that is the backbone of Judaism, Christianity and Islam today.  “BACK TO THE BEGINNING,” a two-part, four-hour special, airs on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 21 (9:00 – 11:00 pm ET) and FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28 (9:00 – 11:00 pm ET)on the ABC TELEVISION NETWORK.

The last time Amanpour hosted a similar mini-series, 2007’s “God’s Warriors” on CNN, she brought on John Mearsheimer for an uncritical interview about the “Israel Lobby” and portrayed Israeli settlements as the main obstacle to a two-state solution, according to CAMERA. For her efforts, she won the title of Dishonest Reporter of the Year from Honest Reporting.

And it’s not just pro-Israel groups that have noticed Amanpour’s anti-Israel bias. Washington Post TV columnist Tom Shales cited this as one of the main reasons she shouldn’t have been hired to host ABC’s This Week — which proved prescient after the ratings tanked and she stepped down. Why ABC would choose such a polarizing and overtly biased commentator like Amanpour to lead a mini-series on the Middle East conflict is baffling.



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