CNN International anchor Christiane Amanpour spoke with The New York Times about her program, Amanpour., and about her replacing Charlie Rose on PBS.
Now, CNN’s chief international correspondent’s program airs both on CNN as well as stateside on PBS.
When asked about President Trump’s attacks on CNN, Amanpour responded, “Of course I’m outraged, but I don’t take it personally. I think it’s just a silly distraction. But do I think that we’re in trouble? Not one iota.”
The reporter argued that CNN may even benefit from Trump’s attacks, but Amanpour disagreed with that notion. “Well, that might’ve been true in the early days, but I don’t think anybody benefits from this kind of sustained assault.”
Just last week, a man was arrested for threatening to “gun” down the employees at the CNN Center over claims of “fake news,” a favorite saying of the president’s.
“It’s not just damaging to a network — it’s damaging to civil society and to the United States’ democracy, which is based on knowing the difference between truth and lies. Truth leads to democracy, lies lead to dictatorship and this is where I think people, whether it’s the president or people around him, are not fully aware of the real impact of what they’re saying.”