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Barbara Walters apologizes for conflict of interest over aide to Syria’s Bashar al-Assad

Originally posted on National Post | News:

Veteran American journalist Barbara Walters has apologized for a conflict of interest in trying to further the career of an aide to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

Britain’s Daily Telegraph reports that Ms. Walters, a reporter of more than 50 years experience with NBC, ABC and now a host on talk show The View, tried to help Sheherazad Jaafari, 22, the daughter of Syria’s UN ambassador and a top press aide to Mr. Assad.

The paper says she attempted to secure Ms. Jaafari a place at New York’s Columbia School of Journalism as well as an internship with Piers Morgan’s CNN program.

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Ms. Walters and Ms. Jaafari first came into contact when the broadcaster was trying to get an interview with Mr. Assad, said The Telegraph. Ms. Jaafari helped prepare Mr. Assad for the interview.

Emails from the Syrian government and leaked to the Guardian newspaper last year, show…

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