ABC’s decision to scoop Christiane Amanpour away from CNN and hand her the anchor chair on This Week finally appears to be paying off.
Not because of anything in particular she has done with This Week (honestly, it’s still a relief to see Jake Tapper sub in) but because Amanpour is essentially the only American reporter who could land interviews with both President Mubarak at the height of the Egypt crisis and now General Qadaffi.
And ABC has every intention of making the most of it: Parts of Amanpour’s one-to-one with Qadaffi conducted earlier today will reportedly air tonight on World News and tomorrow on GMA.
ABC considered the score such a big deal, Diane Sawyer broke into regular programming this afternoon to announce it.
It remains to be seen whether the interview will reveal anything beyond what we already know, namely Qadaffi appears to be in denial about his position of power.
Furthering that conclusion is the report that Qadaffi apparently “laughed” when Amanpour asked him whether he would step down in response to calls against violence by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Obama.
Amanpour talks about the interview below.
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