December 7, 2011, - 2:13 pm

Baba Wawa Softpedals Her Friends, Syria’s Assads; Calls Them “Intelligent, Thoughtful, Lovely”

By Debbie Schlussel

ABC News is pimping Barbara Walters’ interview with Bashar Assad as “tough” on him, and the press is eating it up.  But, in fact, Baba Wawa was quite soft on him, didn’t press Assad much, and didn’t disclose how she  has become good friends with the Assads, vacationing with them over July 4, 2008, as I pointed out on this site, making her far less than an objective, impartial interviewer.  And this morning on ABC’s yenta hag-fest, “The View,” she and her fellow View hags defended her Assad friends as well-educated people who look like they belong in the Hamptons and praised Asma Assad, like much of the slobbering groupthink mainstream media does, for having lived and worked here, etc.  So what?  All of the 19 Al-Qaeda hijackers lived here.  Some of the most despotic Middle East leaders are the finest dressers, far better than those who live in the Hamptons.  Does that make them any less disgusting, any less human rights abusers?  Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was educated here.  Didn’t seem to stop him from orchestrating the 9/11 attacks or slitting Daniel Pearl’s throat. Wawa praises the Assads as “intelligent, thoughtful, lovely.”  So, only dummies are bad people, and human rights abusers who host HAMAS and Nazi war criminals are okay if they are “lovely?”

Baba Wawa on Vacation w/ Her Friends, the Assads, in July 2008

As readers know, I oppose our intervention in Syria, unless there was a way–and there isn’t–to guarantee that the replacement of the Assads’ reign wouldn’t be Al-Qaeda or the Muslim Brotherhood as is the case, respectively, in Libya and Egypt, AND that the replacement was a pro-U.S., pro-Western government. But Barbara Walter’s pandering to the Assads is nauseating.  As I’ve repeatedly pointed out over the years, Syria is a terrorist state, so designated by the State Department, because it gladly hosts HAMAS, Islamic Jihad, and a variety of other terrorist groups.  And it works closely with Iran and Hezbollah.  That’s not to mention that Syria gives safe sanction to Nazi war criminals, like Alois Brunner, and those who committed the Munich massacre, like Jamil Al-Gashey.  You can bet Wawa didn’t ask her “intelligent, thoughtful, lovely” friend, Bashar Al-Assad, about that.  Because, hey, intelligent, thoughtful, lovely people would never do such things, right?  Wawa also makes sure to call Assad, “the young President.”  Um, he’s 46–not so young.  But what does “young” have to do with the price of tea in China?  Does being young make one more humane and change the fact that he helps Islamic terrorists blow up innocent people?  Or that he hosts Nazi murderers?

Watch these two videos, below.  The first is Wawa defending the Assads and soft-pedaling them to “The View’s” airheaded audience.  The second is an excerpt of her interview with the Assads, which doesn’t include the pro-Assad background report I’m told will go along with the full interview when it’s broadcast.  I’m also told the rest of the interview, which we haven’t been shown, isn’t so tough. There’s a reason the Assads picked their vacation buddy, Walters, for this gig. Ya think she’ll ask him about all the Al-Qaeda bombers Assad let into Iraq to blow up our soldiers over the last decade? Dream on, suckers. Check out the videos . . .

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24 Responses

This whore would have had tea with Hitler, and reported how he is a kind man because he is a vegetarian and dog lover.

No wonder Harry Reasoner couldn’t stand her.

Let us also remember that she wrote a book boasting of with whom she committed adultery.

Jonathan E. Grant on December 7, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Jon, that’s how little credibility the MSM has.

They don’t understand dictators. The fact he has massacred thousands of his own people is just a minor annoyance.

Western journalists have yet to grasp the fact that without exception, every Arab country that has had democratic elections, has voted Islamists into power.

Our best and brightest don’t understand or don’t care how truly radical they are.

Barbara Walter’s whitewash of al-Assad won’t show you the true picture of his repressive dictatorship.

NormanF on December 7, 2011 at 2:39 pm

The woman would sell her soul for an interview – she has no integrity, and her narcissism spews over!

CB on December 7, 2011 at 2:42 pm

She used the word “Thoughful” in describing Assad – real foresight.

CB on December 7, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Bashir is not even a good dresser. His shirt collar is way to low given his long skinny neck. Arab dictators used to have so much more class. I hope he dosen’t shoot his tailor because of this post.

Pete on December 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    It means nothing that he had a Western education and is an ophthalmologist.

    One’s profession has nothing to do with one’s character and personal worth.

    NormanF on December 7, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Thank you Jon Grant! You pointed out the scummy-underbelly of the despicable Barbara Walters that got me so fired-up reading this article. When I see the cretinous hag in that mask with Dr. Kevorkian, I always wish it was on full blast. And when this decrepit pig was gonna have surgery a few years ago, I wished she’d not make it. I am not sorry for my strong feelings on this witch. I beyond loathe her!

This disgraceful interview matches the despicable Vogue interview with these two D-Bags in the March 2011 issue! When I read that (before any press attention AT ALL) I had a brain explosion because they called the a-hole Asma Assad “The Rose in the Desert”. Meanwhile, the article could NOT help but show what a lying fiend she is. She said their “Jewish” (are there any?) citizens are treated well and they inadvertently showed her sick sense of humour when she sadistically teased her buddies Brad Pitt and Palestina Jolie when they visited (???). And the most offensive teasing she did was to the YOUNG syrian children…saying she’d take their schooling away. She got off on their tears.

I pray they take these two out (when the time is right because like DS I don’t think intervention is called for in hell-hole Syria) WORSE than Mussolini! The fawning over these two devils makes me have a Texas-sized brain explosion!!!!

Skunky on December 7, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Gotta slightly disagree with both DS and Skunky on this one: intervention in Syria is necessary and WOULD be useful— if it was of the Dresden/Hamburg type. After millions of casualties, the remaining Syrians might be more open to discussion of appropriate, pro-Western governmental reform.

    But to overthrow without pounding them into the dirt first—that’s lunacy. And since that is what would be done, unfortunately Skunky and DS are right.

    Occam's Tool on December 7, 2011 at 4:38 pm

Same old same old. Walters cozies up to fellow well groomed lowlifes for a fun-fest of cosmetic perjury. Had Walters conducted herself like a serious self-respecting journalist–well, hell, that would be real news.

lee on December 7, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Its just as well that Ft Hood Islamic terrorist Nidal Hasan’s massacre has been ruled “workplace violence” by the Defense Department.

Hey, its just an officer going postal. It has nothing to do – repeat – nothing to do with Islam at all.

Islamo-pandering continues at the highest official levels.

NormanF on December 7, 2011 at 4:18 pm

I took a semester of Arabic in college, and that wass a long time ago. I forgot almost all of it.

Can someone translate the Arabic at the end of the second video?

I_AM_ME on December 7, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Curious timing for this interview. She is interviewing these Syrian tyrants right at the time that thousands of Syrians have been killed, and Assad is facing more international criticism than at any time during his career. I wonder if she is getting paid by someone to do this — either Assad or Obama?

Little Al on December 7, 2011 at 5:19 pm

You allow Barbara Walters to interview you for the same reason that people used to allow Larry King the same access. With Barbara Walters, you are almost guaranteed a fluffy interview if she likes you at all. This was also the case with Larry King while he was still with CNN. CNN finally realized what a joke their “Star” had become, and he was not renewed. This process took fifteen years to unfold for Mr. King. Amazingly, the Barbara Walters go away with claiming on the air that for Fidel Castro believed that education led to freedom.

Worry01 on December 7, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Worry, bless your heart…you can tell you don’t watch CNN (and more power to you!).

    Just this past weekend CNN had a SPECIAL called “Dinner With The Kings” and the Lizard-in-suspenders and the chippy wife (who he cheated on with her SISTER) had a table of boring celebrities over to chew the fat (so to speak). Some even think King will be asked back to his old time-slot because of the “Slimey Limey” has a suck-ass show!

    I don’t watch CNN either (I don’t even have cable!) but of course I see it at the gym…along with a lot of other garbage TV (and some I can’t help but like, I am embarrassed to admit!)

    Skunky on December 7, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Skunky writes, “Meanwhile, the article could NOT help but show what a lying fiend she is. She said their “Jewish” (are there any?) citizens are treated well”

I doubt there are more than 100 Jews left in Syria whereas in the early 20th century there were some 80,000. My mother’s family was part of a large exit that took place around the end of WW I; my late father left there around 1938. But the Jews there have been under restrictions since Syria gained independence from France. Aside from the US, most resettled in Israel or Latin America. (There’s a large community in Brazil, smaller numbers in Argentina and Mexico.)

I recall in 1977 or so during a loosening of restrictions, Jews were allowed to travel overseas, but they had to leave a family member behind as a guarantor of their return. Some distant family were among the remnant to leave shortly thereafter. A handful remain – some watching over communal property (that which hasn’t been seized), some because they’re too old to start over elsewhere.

Raymond in DC on December 7, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Thanks Raymond. Another outrage from that Vogue article.

    The stupid “writer” HAD to ask Asma Assad about how the Jews in Syria were treated (since Assad stated that they are a very egalitarian country!). And Assad said they were treated and afford rights just like everyone else. “Restrictions” doesn’t sound so egalitarian to me. And I really doubted Syria treated Jews well…being a BFF to Iran and all.

    No wonder the Kardashians are everywhere! There is feminism 2011 for you. Vogue readers want more Kardashians and have no idea where and what Syria are all about. Never you mind about 9/11 and the “War on Terror”. Girls want more fraudulent weddings!/// Leave the politics to “Marie Claire” (where they get it wrong even though they *try* to seem so worldly) it’s all so sick and sad.

    Skunky on December 7, 2011 at 6:55 pm

This man is one of the worst human beings to ever live….and the fact that they even gave a second of air time is a travesty…May God be with the brave people of Syria in their fight for freedom and their piece of the “Arab Spring” and a democratic dream. Really makes you appreciate being born here when you dirt like him speaking

George A. on December 7, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Here’s a funny parody of Assad’s interview:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPsWnbLv0Z4

aaaa on December 8, 2011 at 12:35 am

Excellent thread Debbie and everyone here.

On the question as to whether or not we should intervene in Syria, I think that Occam’s Tool on December 7, 2011 at 4:38 pm has it right.

The only other thing left to say is that Barbara Walters isn’t the only one who is soft on both Syria generally and the Assads in particular. As Skunky mentioned above, there was the Vogue interview from March 2011. And in one of Debbie’s links above is to a previous article by Debbie on MSNBC’s puff piece with Brian Williams and Ann Curry from May 2007 on Syria. And I’m sure that there are other examples of this in the MSM. And the people in the MSM then wonder why they have no credibility with the American people.

JeffE on December 8, 2011 at 1:48 am

I watched the interview between Walters and Assad on Nightline and really thought I was going to be sick. When Left is “right” and Right is “wrong” we had better start worrying. This country is being systematically destroyed from the Obamanation in the White House on down.

Naomi R on December 8, 2011 at 9:44 am

She has liberal cred. She even slept win a minority!

burt on December 8, 2011 at 12:41 pm

I wonder if she has had a lesbian affair, and didn’t mention it in her book, saving it as a tidbit to use in her next book as a means of generating talk like the affair with the minority did.

CornCoLeo on December 8, 2011 at 1:20 pm

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