A reader is having none of the strange new respect:
I caught about four hours of it’s C-team Saturday afternoon coverage. What an embarrassment. Their idiot mannequin-anchor cracking jokes with their Twitter reporter (no shit) about how CNN viewers needed him to spell his name (Levsexceptionally tricky) so they could follow his Twitter feed summarizing the tweets from Iran. A segment in which Amanpour had to correct the mannequin-anchor’s dumb questiononly to push back on Amanpour’s correction! It was obvious that the two anchors I saw hadn’t the slightest idea what was going on in Iran, the history, or the socio-political import. They had no background. You’re reader is right: constant attempts to wedge the Iran story into a U.S.-political frame. The narcissism was stunning.