CNN Edits Out RT Hostís Nasty (Agelbert note: but truthful!) On-Air Dispute with Christiane Amanpour
by Andrew Kirell | 3:23 pm, November 24th, 2014
Russiaís state-funded cable news channel is taking aim at CNN for inviting an RT host to discuss Kremlin politics but editing out her fierce criticisms of the American cable outlet.
In the Know host Anissa Naouai appeared last week on Christiane AmanpourĎs CNN International nightly talk show to defend her network against accusations that it is part of Russian President Vladimir PutinĎs ďpropaganda war.Ē The conversation apparently took a drastic turn for the worse when the guest went after the hostís personal connections to the U.S. Department of State.
Ultimately, Amanpour told Naouai, the most contentious bits were unworthy of airtime and would certainly be edited out. In response to the edits, RT posted video of its half of Naouaiís satellite feed, showing her answers that were omitted from the final product. CNN posted the full transcript to its website in the interest of transparency; RT did the same.
To be clear: News outlets routinely edit pre-taped interviews ó normally for timing purposes, but also to cut down on redundancies or rambling questions/answers ó and so this is not at all an ethical scandal. As a pre-taped show, Amanpour makes its guests aware that they will be edited down for time. This particular interview, as youíll see in a moment, happened to go very long.
But considering edits are a common practice in the news business, this story provides a fascinating glimpse into how and why words get left on the cutting room floor.
And when you compare the unedited clips to what actually aired on CNN, youíll notice RT is correct about one thing: Most of Naouaiís direct criticism of the American network and its host were edited out for broadcast. At one point in the unedited transcript, Amanpour herself makes clear to Naouai that the personal attacks render some of the footage unusable for TV.
The first tense moment removed entirely from broadcast occurred when Amanpour suggested to the other guest, anti-Putin politician Mikhail Kasyanov, that Naouai admitted RT perhaps exaggerates the threat of neo-Nazism in Ukraine:
AMANPOUR: Is it more than exaggeration? And as such, is it a fair interpretation of whatís going on and what are the consequences?
KASYANOV: Thatís not Ė
NAOUAI: I didnít admit that it was an exaggeration. I said who are we to say that itís an exaggeration as non-Russians. 30 millions of them were killed in World War II. I said, ďWho are we to say itís an exaggeration?Ē Thatís what I said exactly.
AMANPOUR: No, you didnít say that. You said they may Ė that might be an exaggeration, but then who are we to say that fears are exaggerated? Iíve got that on record. So donít worry about it. Thatís going to be played.
NAOUAI: Yes, I didnít admit that it was an exaggeration.
AMANPOUR: All right. But you actually did and Iíll play it and you can dispute it afterwards if you like. But I will play it and itís not a problem. Itís what you said.
Later in the interview, Amanpour asked Nauouai about another Russian channelís error in covering the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 tragedy. The entire passage was edited out, but you can sense the conversation getting more strained as the RT host began to rattle off examples of CNNís own errors:
NAOUAI: I have to point out that I donít represent the Russian media, but RT. I know the image youíre talking about, of course. It should be pointed out also that that image was on the Internet for quite a couple of months Ė unfortunately this channel took the bait. They didnít verify it. We did, of course. Thatís why we didnít show it. But to sort of condemn the First Channel for mistakes that weíve all make Ė- and I remember very well Jim Clancy of CNN showing a video in Donetsk in May of this year of a supposed helicopter being downed by these anti-Kiev fighters. We went online; we checked the video. The video was from Syria. We never even saw a retraction from CNN. So itís a little difficult to judgeÖ
And the discussion truly went off the rails when Naouai brazenly accused Amanpour of being a state propagandist herself.
Check out this bitingly personal exchange below, from right after the host asked Naouai if itís ďhealthyĒ for Russian audiences to get only one view from RT. It gets ugly:
NAOUAI: Ötís an absurd question coming from someone thatís propagated the line of the State Department for over 15 years. I mean, itís absolutely absurd.
AMANPOUR: Well, are you talking to me?
NAOUAI: Yes. Absolutely Iím talking to you. Who else would I be talking to?
AMANPOUR: Are you talking to me?
AMANPOUR: Youíve got to be kidding me.
NAOUAI: Youíve propagated the line of the State Department for over 15 years, starting with Yugoslavia and all the way into Syria. And now youíre doing it for Ukraine, essentially. Absolutely, Iím talking to you.
AMANPOUR: Oh, my goodness.
Have you seen any of my reports about Syria? Have you seen any of my reports about Syria?
NAOUAI: Iíve seen lots of your reports and in not one report where you find you questioning the United States government and their policy.
And we, with our Russian propaganda, question those arms to the FSA, question those arms to al-Nusra and other leagues. And now today we have ISIS.
Again, this was all removed from broadcast. According to transcripts, Amanpour began scolding her guest for not having an ďadult discussion,Ē but Naouai simply responded that sheíd like for CNNís audience to be made aware of their hostís background. And thatís when the RT host invoked Amanpourís husband, former State Department official James Rubin:
AMANPOUR: They are aware of [my past work], which is why theyíve been watching me for a long time. But listen to me, I would like you seriouslyÖ
NAOUAI: Iím glad they do, and Iím sure they know who James Rubin is, Iím sure they watch your work in Yugoslavia.
AMANPOUR: Öas an act of research and as an act of education, go back and find all my work on Yugoslavia and all my work on Syria and match that with the policy of the United States government and furthermore, go back and watch what launched me and that was a to-and-fro with President Clinton challenging his policy on Bosnia and Yugoslavia. So Anissa, listen, I have respected you but I really donít think that you should be doing this to me, of all people, on this Ė on this broadcast and on this satellite link. And youíre wrong. And I challenge you to go backÖ
NAOUAI: Yes, how dare someone tell CNN to check who their sponsors are, what governments they are working with!
AMANPOUR: No! No!
NAOUAI: How dare someone come on CNN and say that!
AMANPOUR: No! Hey, excuse me, no, no, no, you just said whatever you wanted to say. When you become ad hominem to me, thatís a problem, because youíre not doing it from a basis of knowledge.
NAOUAI: Well, let your viewers decide, Christiane. I think thatís the fairest way out of this debate.
Amanpour insisted that Naouai watch her antagonistic 1994 interview with then-President Clinton before making such assertions, and informed her guest: ďYou can be sure Iím not putting this on the air, Anissa. Itís a personal attack.Ē
Naouai said she is familiar with the interview and accused Amanpour of agitating for war in Kosovo.
The CNN host finally ended it on this note, including an acknowledgement of the fact that sheíll have to provide a polite goodbye for the edited version of the interview:
AMANPOUR: Anissa, come on; youíve lost me, babe. Thank you very much. Thank you very much indeed. I really appreciate it. Iím sorry; I thought we could have an adult
discussion. And we canít.
Thank you so much. Alright. Now I have to pretend to thank you.
Watch the edited interview as it aired on CNN below (at link).
THEN watch the truth filled UNEDITED
portion RT aired (at link):http://www.mediaite.com/tv/cnn-edits-out-rt-hosts-nasty-on-air-dispute-with-christiane-amanpour/
Agelbert NOTE: CNN is part of the USA fascist propaganda machinery. Russia is no saint be they are spot on here.