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:
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Christiane Amanpour on Facebook
Amanpour CNN programme
Christiane Amanpour on Wikipedia

Christiane Amanpour Books:
Attacks on the Press in 2007
The Unfinished Revolution
44 Days: Iran and the Remaking of the World

Topics discussed:
Bosnian War
Iraq War
Afghanistan 2001 – to present
Gulf War
2010 Haiti Earthquake
20112 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami
Hurricane Katrina
North Korea
Somali Civil War
Iranian Revolution
All the President’s Men (film)
Livingston Award
New United States Football League (NFL)
The Washington Post
The New York Times
One Nation after Trump (book)

People mentioned in this episode:
Donald Trump
Tony Blair
Yasser Arafat
Emmanuel Macron
Ted Turner
Jacques Chirac
Peter Jennings
Neil Sheehan
Peter Arnett
David Halberstam
Gloria Emerson
Marguerite Higgins
Hassan Rouhani
Slobodan Milošević
Bill Clinton
George H W Bush
Margaret Thatcher
Françoise Mitterrand
Mark Zuckerburg
Barack Obama
E J Dionne
Norman Ornstein
Thomas E Mann
Newt Gingrich
Marine Le Penn
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Rodrigo Duterte
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Hillary Clinton
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Robert Mugabe
Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo
Michelle Bachelet