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Anti-Jewish, Anti-Christian Amanpour to Host Prime Time Bible Special

The series is likely to be promoted as fact-based, but Amanpour's history gives little comfort to those who fear it will be wildly dismissive of Jewish and Christian claims, and naively accepting of Muslim claims.
Christiane Amanpour with The Jewish Press' Yishai Fleisher.

Christiane Amanpour with The Jewish Press' Yishai Fleisher.

The CNN/ABC television journalist Christiane Amanpour has been the focus of numerous exposes for her repeated gratuitously nasty and false reporting on Israel and about religious Jews and Christians.

Back in August, 2007, Amanpour hosted a three part CNN series on “God’s Warriors.”  Each segment of the series focused on the “extremists” of a different one of each of the three major monotheistic religions: Jewish, Christian and Muslim.  Amanpour equated the Jewish and Christian fundamentalists with the fundamentalist Jihadi Muslims.  In the segment on “God’s Jewish Warriors,” Amanpour focused on the Jews living in Judea and Samaria, and those in the United States who financially support them.

Andrea Levin, the widely respected executive director of the Committee for Accuracy in Media for Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) described Amanpour’s reporting in that series as, “the most poisonously biased and factually shoddy feature to air on mainstream television in recent memory.”

Levin writes:

Throughout, Amanpour hammers the claim that Jewish settlements violate international law and she seeks to paint this position as a universally accepted view with a lopsided parade of like-minded commentators.

Yet apart from any judgement about the political advisability of building or not building settlements, many legal scholars argue these communities are, in fact, legal and do not violate Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention as the detractors claim …  But not one scholar of this viewpoint is given voice in a two-hour feature largely devoted to decrying settlements and their residents.

Now ABC has chosen Amanpour to host a two part series called “Back to the Beginning.” In this series, ABC describes Amanpour as traveling to the land of the biblical stories from Genesis to Jesus.

Using the Old Testament as a guidebook, “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.

But perhaps Amanpour’s anti-Israel bias has abated.  It’s been more than five years since her last foray into an exclusively religious focus on the Middle East.  Not bloody likely, as her reporting from the Middle East about the recent Hamas-Israel conflict confirms.

Rather than the result of Hamas’s escalating rocket attacks on Israel – more than 130 in the 72 hours before Israel finally responded – Amanpour described the eight day military exchanges as caused by Israel ratcheting up the conflict.

Amanpour presented Israel’s Pillar of Defense as an offensive move, and the “first target was Ahmed El Jabari, a military chief of Hamas, the Islamic political party that governs the Gaza Strip which Israel and the West call a terrorist organization.”

Israel and the West recognize Hamas as a terrorist organization, while Amanpour’s description of Jabari made him sound like a noble Indian chieftain, rather than the mastermind of dozens of Israelis’ deaths, including small children, and of the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit whose release in exchange for more than 1000 Arab Palestinian prisoners catapulted Jibari to Hamas leadership.

In this upcoming series, Amanpour is going to be looking at the “historical and pilgrimage sites associated with the epic tale that is the backbone of Judaism, Christianity and Islam,” according to ABC’s press release.  The series is likely to be promoted as fact-based, but Amanpour’s history gives little comfort to those who fear it will be wildly dismissive of Jewish and Christian claims, and naively accepting of Muslim claims.

The ABC series “Back to the Beginnings” will air on Friday evenings, Dec 21 and Dec 28.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: Lori@JewishPressOnline.com


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13 Responses to “Anti-Jewish, Anti-Christian Amanpour to Host Prime Time Bible Special”

  1. Eve Folley says:

    She is not the only journalist with a biased viewpoint. Paula Slier of RT is also very much in the pocket of the palestinians. It would be nice if journalists could be balanced in their reporting n give both sides of the story.

  2. Randy Rhodes says:

    Won't be watching that..

  3. Anonymous says:

    Why is Israel allowing Ms. Amanpour into the country?

  4. Gil Gilman says:

    I cannot see how it can be fact based. It will be propaganda like everything else she has done. Given her closed minded attacks in the past, there is no basis upon which to make it an objective presentation. It will be on a par with other debunked revisionist hokum, like those of the holocaust deniers. I am an independent thinker, politically and religiously, beholden to, and with no axe to grind against anyone who sticks to the facts. One thing that irritates me more than any other single thing, are lies, and the self-deceivers who promulgate them.

  5. palistinians are killing israelis not israelis murdering palistinians. GET IT RIGHT AMANPOUR1.

  6. amanpour tv show not worth watching!

  7. Because of this anti- Israel and bias Journalist I never watch CNN now I can add ABC and shame on them for for get her to be the host.

  8. Anonymous says:

    And don't forget her self-hating Jewish husband, James Rubin, now running Bloomberg News.

  9. I can't stand this woman, she is no journalist and devalues any media she is associated with. I quit watching CNN largely because of her, and now don't watch ABC or anywhere I see she is. Evil is as evil does and she is really good at that! Israel will stand forever, no matter what Ms. Amanpour, the UN, Hillary Clinton, Obama, etc… spew. P.S. I am a Christian – and stand with Israel (as do most Christians , Canadians and Americans.

  10. Ivan Cohen says:

    Amanpour is the same person. Her position hasn't changed in more than 15 vyears and it's unlikely that it will in the next 15.

  11. Grace Acosta says:

    When Amanpour first started her career I thought she had a lot of potential. Ever since she started letting her bias show, she's lost all credibility. It's beyond me why she keeps getting a platform for her views… oh wait. Anti-Semitism.

  12. Naomi Kuritzky Regan says:

    lol, omfg.

  13. This isn't anti-semitism. This is anti-zionism.

    The difference is that normal Jews won't invade other countries & steal their land. Zionists will, as they're a type of fundamentalist.

    Israel should exist. But it must stop building settlements in occupied territories. And it must also stop stealing water from the West Bank.

    The sooner people understand this and tell Israel to stop the better. The US is particularly bad for this one. Hence why it lost the recent UN vote.

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