The Corner

Amanpour vs. Hannan, Gove, Brexit, Context

Christiane Amanpour has written a defense of her conduct in her CNN interview/debate with Daniel Hannan, which suggests that she understands that it did not go well for her. James Taranto points out Amanpour’s contradictions (and really, was nobody capable of red-penciling her line about “naked political agendas masquerading as news”?).

Go read Taranto. I’d add that on at least two occasions in the article, Amanpour presents quotes from Brexit advocates in a misleading way.

First: “Daniel Hannan tells me that because 48% of British voted to remain in the EU, Leave’s leaders might have to ‘temper’ their promises to ‘Take Back Control’ of policies, including immigration. Say what?” Check the transcript at Newsbusters, and you’ll see that Hannan does not say that Britain should settle for less than full control of its immigration policies. Maybe he has said it elsewhere; but he didn’t say it to Amanpour.

Second: “So where is the truth; where are the myths? Perhaps nothing summed up this quandary better than Justice Minister Michael Gove, who during the campaign told Sky News: ‘People in this country have had enough of experts.’ Say what again?”

Say the full quote, maybe? The interviewer at the link makes it as hard as possible for Gove to get the full thought out, but he tries to say, “People in this country have had enough of experts from organizations with acronyms saying that they know what is best and getting it consistently wrong.” I suspect that Gove has also had enough of journalists trying to make their political opponents look stupid by truncating their quotes. But if Gove tried to say that, it would probably appear on as “Gove: ‘I’ve had enough of journalists.’”

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.


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