Saturday, August 18, 2012
CNN's CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR: 'I'm going to cry,' she says as she talks about journalists killed in Syria.
"I want to cry," said CNN International's Christiane Amanpour in a poignant, emotional moment on her show Amanpour when she suddenly had to turn away to try and keep the tears from coming, during a discussion on journalists (whom she knew) and who died covering the civil war in Syria, after mentioning their names.
Christiane Amanpour was talking to the globetrotting and fearless journalist Lindsay Hilsum, the author of the fascinating new book, Sandstorm: Libya in the Time of Revolution.
Christiane Amanpour spoke with Lindsay Hilsum about the perils of being a war correspondent, of covering the Libyan revolution and now the Syrian war, and feeling compelled to cover stories despite extremely dangerous circumstances.
"We've lost friends there [Syria]. We've lost Marie [Colvin], Remi Ochlik, Anthony Shadid ... Ah, I'm going to cry. Aaah," said Christiane Amanpour when she suddenly became emotional. She quickly turned her head up and away as she became teary-eyed.
"It's not easy also, covering these conflicts. I mean, you and I, we've been around, but this last year was terrible for our brotherhood and sisterhood," said Christiane Amanpour and asked Lindsay Hilsum about covering Libya.
"It was kinda wild. Sometimes we're a danger to ourselves as journalists, because we need to be told 'You can only go this far, and no further' because we will go as far as you can go," said Lindsay Hilsum. "The only way to do it though," said Christiane Amanpour in reflection.
There's not a lot of television I watch live - but there's some true personal appointment television I always watch, or record and watch late at night, but always the same day as live - and Amanpour is one of those.
Amanpour, Christiane Amanpour's news magazine show on CNN International (DStv 401) on weekdays at 21:00 (South African time, with a repeat at 23:00) is sterling quality TV journalism.
Amanpour uses television - combining TV with news and current affairs - to create a daily amalgam of the best of what journalism, television and news all fused together in one can truly achieve. If you want to know about the world and get a real, real-time perspective on it, Amanpour is the one true insightful global news show you have to watch.
Amanpour on CNN International is for television what Sunday's one or maybe two very best newspapers' insight and perspective sections are for print - well-researched, crisp, current commentary, insight, opinion, interviews and page after page and article after article of things you just have to - want to - read.
Amanpour not only broadens your vision and perspective on the world - it's done so well that it's actually enjoyable to take in as it deconstructs issues while Christiane Amanpour uses the resources available to the show for the best purpose it can: talking to the real who's who of the world through utilising her immense contact list of networked sources.