ABC News has announced that controversial veteran correspondent reporter Christiane Amanpour will host an upcoming series on Israel, raising concerns within the pro-Israel community over media bias.
Titled “Back to the Beginning,” the series will follow Amanpour as she travels to Israel to “explore the powerful stories from Genesis to the Birth of Jesus.” According to ABC, Amanpour “wanted to investigate the roots of those stories that have created so much conflict.”
Amanpour, who currently serves as a CNN international news anchor, has been accused of anti-Israel bias in the past. In 2007, she hosted the CNN mini series “God’s Warriors,” in which her reporting drew heavy criticism from media watchdog groups such as CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America) and Honest Reporting.
“Given Christiane Amanpour’s record of biased and factually shoddy coverage of Israel—particularly her reprehensible ‘God’s Warriors’ series for CNN—viewers, unfortunately, have good reason to expect the worst in the upcoming ABC broadcasts,” CAMERA Executive Director Andrea Levin told JNS.org.
The series will air as a two-part, four-hour special beginning on Dec. 21.