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Tapper as ‘Backup’

While Washington continues to chatter on about ABC Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper not getting the nod as host of “This Week,” he’s being painted as someone who could easily take over should the time come. Last week ABC announced that Christiane Amanpour was leaving the show for an arrangement on ABC and CNN. Though George Stephanopoulos once said he couldn’t do both, the former host will double as host of “GMA” and “This Week.”

Will he last?

The Baltimore Sun‘s Media Critic David Zurawik seemed unsure about that and sees Tapper as someone who can easily step in for Stephanopoulos should the need rise. “Well they have people like Jake Tapper, “Zurawik said on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday. “When Christiane got the job I was one of the people who said, you know, Jake Tapper is really doing well here.He could do it and he brings an enthusiasm and he’s so plugged in. … because they have Tapper they have backup. If he’s having a week that he’s really stressed out, they can plug Tapper in and not lose anything. That’s a good thing. I mean, that really is a good thing.”

There are two schools of thought on Tapper. In one, he’s a really nice, genuine, funny guy (the guy the Internet likes) and then the other, a journo with a healthy ego who takes care to monitor his standing around town and who spends his time arguing with bloggers about minutiae. Some believe this “other Jake” explains some of his perceived difficulties at ABC.

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