Friday, March 28, 2014

O #Amanpour o mores

Earlier today on “Amanpour,” Amanpour introduced a video clip featuring Angelina Jolie. In her role as special envoy of the UN High Commissioner to Refugees, she was shown interviewing Syrian children in a refugee camp in Lebanon. They spoke of the terrible suffering they had gone through and their continuing nightmares. Next, Amanpour interviewed Jolie’s UN boss, Antonio Guterres. Her first question was something along the lines: “You accompanied Angelina Jolie during her trip to Lebanon. Tell me what made such a profound impression on her there.”

My question to Amanpour would be: “How could you ask this scripted question with a straight face?” Piers Morgan interviewing Richard Quest, whose exaggerated dramatism could awaken the dead, on the "MYSTERY OF FLIGHT 370" was another low point. I realize these must be acts of desperation which, alas, have temporarily worked to bump up CNN's dismal ratings. As H. L. Mencken once quipped, no one "has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people.” I do hope in the end CNN will break some new ground here.