I couldn't believe this story when I first read it on the Australian web site Winds of Jihad so I checked the reference link back to The New York Times' web site and confirmed it. In February 2010 The New York Times did a puff piece, as liberals are always doing when they compliment each other, on Christiane Amanpour, a reporter then working at CNN, often called the Communist News Network for its leftist slant. In this piece Amanpour lists some 34 different opinions on various things like the worst place she's been and her early CNN memories. But the one thing that jumps right off the page is item 12 on her list:
12. Favorite Item in the Apartment: A massive painting that I got in Iran, a few years ago, by Farideh Lashai, a friend who is also Iran’s pre-eminent abstract-expressionist painter. It gives me joy every time I walk in my door.
And the New York Times web page has a photo of Christiane Amanpour standing in front of that massive painting that gives her so much joy. And what is that painting? It is, in my opinion, the World Trade Center towers lit up in fire and smoke on that terrible morning on September 11, 2001 when Muslim terrorists hijacked two commercial airliners and flew them into the buildings. Here is the photo. To be perfectly honest, the Times story does not describe the painting as I have so maybe it represents something else. It is supposed to be an "impressionist" painting so maybe it is whatever your impression of it is. You can be the judge of that.
I had an after thought about the above painting so I just searched Google images for other paintings by Farideh Lashai the Iranian artist and found this one posted on Free Republic with the comment that the artist titled it as an abstract of a tree. This sort of abstract is freaking too close for comfort. I think the artist may be having subconscious thoughts.
Christiane Amanpour has never confirmed where she was born and according to her biography on Wikipedia she was born in Tehran, Iran according to some sources and in London, England, according to others. Amanpour was born to her Iranian father Mohammad, an airline executive, and her British mother, Patricia.
Amanpour has been criticized by the conservative Media Research Center for some of her favorable remarks about Democratic politicians. In 1999, she said the following to then First Lady Hillary Clinton:"A lot of the women that I meet from traveling overseas are very impressed by you and admire your dignity."
Amanpour defended President Barack Obama against criticism over his being awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 2009:
"I think it's overdone, this pushing back against his award. He's obviously done something very significant, and that is, after eight years in which the United States was really held in contempt around the world, the United States has now had a new relationship with the rest of the world."
The only good thing that ABC News has done lately has been their great series on Made in America products. I give credit where credit is due but Christiane Amanpour does not deserve any credit for her biased reporting in favor of Muslims and leftist Democrats.
UPDATE: August 12, 2011
There are skeptics everywhere and sometimes they offer useful information. Take, for instance, that massive painting in Christiane Amanpour's apartment that looks every bit like the World Trade Center towers lit up in fire and smoke. Some people believe that it was painted two years before the attack on 9-11-2001 and therefore could not be what it seems to be. Well, consider this: The artist was well connected with the Iranian government and the plan to hijack the airliners that day was planned for years in advance. Didn't several of the Muslim hijackers come to the United States a few years earlier and enroll in pilot training schools to learn how to fly? Who is to say that rumors of that planned attack didn't circulate around some of those Middle-East terrorist countries and the artist got wind of the idea. And if you want to stretch your imagination a bit, maybe the artist had something else in mind when she painted the picture and her impressionist work actually gave Osama Bin Laden the idea for the attack. After all, a few other radical Muslim terrorists had already attacked the World Trade Center in 1993.