Barbara Walters Apologizes For Attempting To Get Assad Aide An Internship At CNN, Place At Columbia

June 7, 2012

Updated: (Syrian aide to Basher al-Assad defends her relationship with Barbara Walters) News report here.

Barbara Walters has apologized after newly released emails showed her attempting to get a close aide to Syrian president Bashar al-Asaad an internship at CNN and a place at Columbia University.

Asaad, whose bloody crackdown on his citizens has made him something of a pariah, granted Walters an exclusive interview in December. On Thursday, the Daily Telegraph reported that Walters stayed in close contact with Sheherazad Jaafari, the daughter of Syria’s ambassador to the United Nations and a close aide to Assad, after the interview was over.
Jaafari was a regular presence in emails obtained by the Guardian in March. “This man is loved by his people,” she said in one email.
Syrian opposition forces — perhaps the same ones who gave the Guardian the earlier documents — passed on a new cache of files to the Telegraph. They showed Walters calling Jaafari “dear girl” and writing to Piers Morgan and his producer about her. “I wrote to Piers Morgan and his producer to say how terrific you are and attached your résumé,” she wrote. On Tuesday, a CNN spokesperson told The Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone that the network received the letter, but did not speak with Jaafari or offer her an internship.
Walters also contacted a professor at the Columbia School of Journalism to plug Jaafari’s bona fides. (Jaafari was not admitted, though the professor, who is also the father of Piers Morgan’s producer, assured Walters she would be given “special attention.”)
Contacted by the Telegraph, Walters admitted that, even though she refused to get Jaafari a job at ABC News, her actions “created a conflict and I regret that.”

CORRECTION: Walters contacted CNN about an internship for Jaafari, not a job as the article originally stated.

…at least Barbara Walters apologized. You won’t see the rest of the media doing the same.


CNN was attacking NEWS CORP for the hacking scandal… but their shit stinks too!

July 23, 2011

James HipwellA former journalist for the Daily Mirror has claimed the News Of The World was not the only British newspaper involved in phone hacking. via

James Hipwell, 45, alleged the illegal practice was “endemic” at the Daily Mirror while he worked under the editorship of Piers Morgan between 1998 and 2000.
The irony is this what not something that was unique to Rupert Murdochs ventures. It was leaked because of the bigotry of the U.K. public against Conservatives, but now all of the liberal media will fall like dominoes. Rupert’s Fall is ALL MEDIA’s FALL

Piers Morgan is Scum

March 9, 2011

before Piers Morgan was picked by CNN as Larry King’s replacement, he was working as the editor of the Daily Mirror, and in that capacity he published more fake photos of UK soldiers torturing Iraqis. That got him fired from the Daily Mirror, but made him amply qualified for a high profile hosting gig at CNN, which suffers from even lower standards than the UK’s trashiest tabloid. by Daniel Greenfield via

Larry King’s Troop-Murdering Replacement, Piers Morgan

June 14, 2010

By Debbie Schlussel
He may have a pretentious name and a fancy English accent, but those are among the many deceptions of Piers Morgan, the man set to replace Larry King on his CNN prime time talk show.  In fact, Morgan–about whom I’ve written on this site before–is a despicable low-life, who deliberately betrayed Western troops and put them in danger.  And the close friend of Simon Cowell engaged in sleazy, illegal self-dealing in stock trades.

Piers Morgan: Larry King’s Sleazy, Despicable Replacement on CNN
Details are at

figures. Just when you thought CNN couldn’t get worse.

2004 BBCNEWS Editor sacked over ‘hoax’ photos

May 14, 2004
Piers Morgan

The Mirror board said Morgan would be stepping down immediately

Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan has been sacked after the newspaper conceded photos of British soldiers abusing an Iraqi were fake.
In a statement the Mirror said it had fallen victim to a “calculated and malicious hoax” and that it would be “inappropriate” for Morgan to continue.
The Queen’s Lancashire Regiment (QLR) said the Mirror had endangered British troops by running the pictures.
Roger Goodman, of the QLR, said the regiment now felt “vindicated”.
Mr Goodman added: “It is just a great pity it has taken so long… and that so much damage has been done in the meantime.”

Daily Mirror picture
The Daily Mirror… apologises unreservedly for publishing the pictures and deeply regrets the reputational damage done to the QLR and the Army in Iraq
Mirror statement

At a news conference in Preston on Friday afternoon, the regiment demonstrated to reporters aspects of uniform and equipment which it said proved the photographs were fake.
The regiment’s Brigadier Geoff Sheldon said the vehicle featured in the photographs had been located in a Territorial Army base in Lancashire and had never been in Iraq.
He said the QLR’s reputation had been damaged by the Mirror and asked the newspaper to apologise because the evidence they were staged was “overwhelming”.
The Conservatives said they hoped lessons had been learned from the row.
Deputy leader and foreign affairs spokesman, Michael Ancram, said: ”Looking at the facts objectively, this is the right thing for Piers Morgan to have done.
“The photos that were published in the Daily Mirror have done great damage to the reputation of our troops, who are serving under some of the most difficult conditions in Iraq.”
‘Recruiting poster for al-Qaeda’
The photos published in the Mirror on 1 May appeared to show British troops torturing an Iraqi detainee.
In one picture a soldier is seen urinating on a hooded man while in another the hooded man is being hit with a rifle in the groin.
Colonel Black, a former regiment commander of the QLR, said the pictures put lives in danger and acted as a “recruiting poster” for al-Qaeda.
However one of the Mirror’s informants – Soldier C – said there had been abuse in Iraq.
The Territorial Army solider has been questioned by Royal Military Police after talking about his claims to the Daily Mirror.
On ITV’s Tonight With Trevor McDonald he said: “It did go on, it wasn’t all the army, it wasn’t systematic but it did happen.”
Downing Street refused to comment on the issue, saying it was a matter for the Mirror board.

This was about the life of British soldiers, and you can’t tough it out when you’re wrong
Andrew Neil, former editor of the Sunday Times

The BBC’s Nicholas Witchell said it appeared Piers Morgan remained unrepentant right to the end
“According to one report Mr Morgan refused the demand to apologise, was sacked and immediately escorted from the building,” he said.
Morgan will be replaced on a temporary basis by his deputy, Des Kelly.
The newspaper released a statement saying: “The Daily Mirror published in good faith photographs which it absolutely believed were genuine images of British soldiers abusing an Iraqi prisoner.
“However there is now sufficient evidence to suggest that these pictures are fakes and that the Daily Mirror has been the subject of a calculated and malicious hoax.
“The Daily Mirror therefore apologises unreservedly for publishing the pictures and deeply regrets the reputational damage done to the QLR and the Army in Iraq.
“The paper will continue to cooperate fully with the investigation.
“The board of Trinity Mirror has decided that it would be inappropriate for Piers Morgan to continue in his role as editor of the Daily Mirror and he will therefore be stepping down with immediate effect.”
The Sun newspaper had offered a £50,000 reward for “information about the fake Mirror photos” but withdrew the offer following the sacking of Morgan.

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