Christiane Amanpour must have hurt Tom Shales delicate fee-fees, or maybe Shales has a big old mancrush on Jake Tapper, but that still doesn’t explain the lengths to which he’s taken his one-man jihad against her. Not only did he accuse her of sympathizing with the Taliban, his whole column is full of petty bitchery like this:
Tapper, in fact, grew quickly and comfortably into the role of “This Week” host and became a kind of “favorite son” in campaigns by fans on Facebook and the Internet generally — even as the clock ticked his interim tenure away and the Grand Duchess Amanpour approached on her royal barge from overseas. Is this a classic case of fixing that which wasn’t broken? The question is especially apt considering Amanpour’s $2 million annual salary, a glaring extravagance at a news division suffering mightily under the cruelty of cutbacks and personnel pruning.