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Amanpour leads inspired ABC roundtable on Egypt

In 25 years of writing about public affairs and news TV, I have seen very few Sunday-morning, on-the-news, roundtable talks that could compare with the one Christiane Amanpour led Sunday on "This Week" from Cairo.

The energy, insights and diverse points of view brought to focus on the tumultuous events in Egypt should be a model for public-affairs producers everywhere. Amanpour herself was so animated and amped by the story that she seemed to be biting her lip at times so as not to step on the words of her guests.

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I've been on a few of these Sunday morning TV panels myself in recent years. (Politico for some strange reason actually counted some of them for one show here.) And I have to say this is as good as it gets in terms of bringing multiple points of views and informed analysis to your viewers.

Take a look. And, by the way, kudos to the producers for staging this so effectively in a makeshift setting that looks like it might be a portion of a hotel conference or ballroom in Cairo. Great hustle by ABC News all week on this big and unpredictable story.

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And here's Part 2. And I promise it gets even better. The sessions seemed to fly by.

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