Washington Post Critic Attacks Christiane Amanpour

by | March 23, 2010 at 4:55 PM | Cable News, TV News

Christiane Amanpour (Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

Christiane Amanpour (Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

CNN’s star international reporter Christiane Amanpour had little time to enjoy news that she’ll be taking over ABC’s ‘This Week‘ with the Washington Post’s Tom Shales immediately pouncing on the network’s decision, ruthless in his critique of Amanpour.

Shales writes that employees at ABC News are “in a state of internal revolt” over the selection of Amanpour and that he believes the decision came off as a “resounding clunk” in the media world.

“From many angles, it was a bad choice,” Shales writes, adding that this move could be met with such a backlash that ABC News’ president David Westin “will be forced to withdraw Amanpour’s name and come up with another ‘nominee.’”

Those kinds of fighting words weren’t taken lightly by ABC News higher-ups, with senior vice president Jeffrey Schneider writing, “If we are being accused of hiring one of the most well respected journalists in the world we proudly plead guilty.”

Much of Shales’ attack appears rooted in rumors of an alleged bias streak in Amanpour. He goes so far as to cite a Facebook group created to bash the veteran reporter, according to the Huffington Post.

Meanwhile, Page Six claims Amanpour has already requested vacation time before starting as host of ‘This Week’ — the paper cites an unnamed source that says Amanpour doesn’t want to begin until August so that she can spend time with her family.