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June 11, 2012

The New York Times States the Obvious

President Bashar al-Assad of Syria and his wife, Asma, in Paris in December 2010. (Miguel Medina/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images)

The New York Times has come to the conclusion that Bashar Al Assad is a murderer and that his cronies are no longer welcome in polite society.

The Times made that clear in a June 10 article about the growing inability of Assad's PR machine to distract people from the atrocities it has perpetrated against its own citizens. The NYT even went so far as to name (and obliquely shame) the folks who have helped burnish the image of Assad and his wife Asma in the press. In particular, they described how Barbara Walters offered to "provide recommendations for Sheherazad Jaafari, the president’s press aide and the daughter of the Syrian ambassador to the United Nations, who was applying for a job at CNN and admission to Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs."

Bill Carter and Amy Chozick even mentioned the Vogue article about Asma that described her as a "rose in the desert."

The expulsion of Syrian diplomats from a number of Western countries after the Houla massacre, (which may have in fact been perpetrated by rebels and not the Assad regime) is one thing. But having your flack taken of the rolls of polite society by The New York Times no less ... well that's got to hurt.

Blog written by DVZ.
Hat tip NW.

Posted by at June 11, 2012 11:53 AM


Reading about what goes on in Syria has always
made me sick. The slaughter is beyond words, -
of their own people. Syria should certainly be

Posted by: Selma Soss at June 14, 2012 02:17 PM

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