Christiane Amanpour – Seeking Truth

Christiane Amanpour is the Chief International Correspondent for CNN and one of the world’s most respected figures in journalism. She is also anchor of the nightly global affairs program “Amanpour”.

Christiane has reported on some of the worst atrocities in recent memory including Bosnia, Somalia, Rwanda, Iraq, and Afghanistan, as well as environmental disasters including Haiti, the Japanese Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina.

She has also interviewed the world’s most powerful leaders from Tony Blair, to Jacques Chirac, and Yasser Arafat to most recently having the first international sit down with French President Emmanuel Macron.

Her work has won countless awards including 11 Emmy’s, and Forbes recently named her as one of the world’s 100, most powerful women.

Her slogan is to be “truthful, not neutral”.

00:00 Trailer.
01:53 Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
05:06 Brian’s introduction.
05:56 A transatlantic life and transitioning from working in the field to being studio based.
08:02 Christiane always wanted to “Go there”, inspired by the great journalists.
11:24 Benefits of getting world’s leaders first interview and the preparation it demands.
14:07 Issues surrounding reporting truthfully with objectivity. “… being truthful. Not neutral.”
19:12 What it takes to be a journalistic truth seeker and reporter.
20:47 Real journalism is in a fight with fake journalism and we have to win.
23:59 The public needs to take more ownership of where they get their news and find their truth.
26:20 In current USA political upheaval, people are returning to serious media.
27:16 The state of the Union under the seemingly divisive Presidency of Donald Trump.
33:16 It’s scary, authoritarian leaders now able to denigrate journalism with accusations of fake news.
35:13 International multi-layered aspects could lead to a tremendous disaster involving North Korea.
40:38 Iran, Christiane describes her birthplace.
43:59 Those who’ve not lived with threat of nuclear war, need to understand its world consequences.
44:59 Success secrets.
45:35 Commencing work for CNN, her first war field assignment and the inspiration of Ted Turner.
50:21 What it is like to be a woman journalist.
53:19 Christiane’s interview with Hilary Clinton, her first after losing the presidential election.
55:00 Phone call to the 20 year old Christiane Amanpour.
56:13 Best advice she ever received.
57:11 What it takes to be a parent.
57:31 Advice to the young person listening who wants to learn the truth.
58:44 Motivation for Christiane to continue working to seek the truth.

Christiane Amanpour links:
Christiane Amanpour on Twitter

Christiane Amanpour on Facebook
https://en-gb.facebook.com/camanpour/
Amanpour CNN programme
http://edition.cnn.com/shows/amanpour
Christiane Amanpour on Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christiane_Amanpour

Christiane Amanpour Books:
Attacks on the Press in 2007
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Attacks-Press-2007-Worldwide-Journalists/dp/0944823270/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1507825437&sr=1-2&refinements=p_27%3AChristiane+Amanpour
The Unfinished Revolution
https://www.amazon.com/Unfinished-Revolution-Voices-Global-Womens/dp/1609803876/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1507825653&sr=1-1&refinements=p_27%3AChristiane+Amanpour
44 Days: Iran and the Remaking of the World
https://www.amazon.com/44-Days-Iran-Remaking-World/dp/1426205139/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1507825653&sr=1-2&refinements=p_27%3AChristiane+Amanpour

Topics discussed:
CNN
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CNN
Bosnian War
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bosnian_War
Iraq War
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iraq_War
Afghanistan 2001 – to present
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_in_Afghanistan_(2001%E2%80%93present)
Gulf War
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gulf_War
2010 Haiti Earthquake
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010_Haiti_earthquake
20112 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2011_T%C5%8Dhoku_earthquake_and_tsunami
Hurricane Katrina
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Katrina
North Korea
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/North_Korea
Somali Civil War
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somali_Civil_War
Iranian Revolution
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iranian_Revolution
Brexit
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brexit
All the President’s Men (film)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_the_President%27s_Men_(film)
Livingston Award
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Livingston_Award
New United States Football League (NFL)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_United_States_Football_League
The Washington Post
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Washington_Post
The New York Times
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_New_York_Times
One Nation after Trump (book)
https://www.amazon.co.uk/One-Nation-After-Trump-Disillusioned/dp/1250164052
Post-truth
https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/word-of-the-year/word-of-the-year-2016
Iran
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran

People mentioned in this episode:
Donald Trump
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Trump
Tony Blair
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Blair
Yasser Arafat
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yasser_Arafat
Emmanuel Macron
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmanuel_Macron
Ted Turner
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Turner
Jacques Chirac
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Chirac
Peter Jennings
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Jennings
Neil Sheehan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Sheehan
Peter Arnett
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Arnett
David Halberstam
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Halberstam
Gloria Emerson
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gloria_Emerson
Marguerite Higgins
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marguerite_Higgins
Hassan Rouhani
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hassan_Rouhani
Slobodan Milošević
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slobodan_Milo%C5%A1evi%C4%87
Bill Clinton
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Clinton
George H W Bush
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_H._W._Bush
Margaret Thatcher
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Thatcher
Françoise Mitterrand
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fran%C3%A7ois_Mitterrand
Mark Zuckerburg
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Zuckerberg
Barack Obama
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barack_Obama
E J Dionne
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._J._Dionne
Norman Ornstein
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Ornstein
Thomas E Mann
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_E._Mann
Newt Gingrich
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newt_Gingrich
Marine Le Penn
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marine_Le_Pen
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recep_Tayyip_Erdo%C4%9Fan
Rodrigo Duterte
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rodrigo_Duterte
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahmoud_Ahmadinejad
Hillary Clinton
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillary_Clinton
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellen_Johnson_Sirleaf
Robert Mugabe
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Mugabe
Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teodoro_Obiang_Nguema_Mbasogo
Michelle Bachelet
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michelle_Bachelet