Barbara Walters apologises for helping Assad aide

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - 22:28

New York: Television journalist Barbara Walters is apologising for trying to help a former aide to Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad land a job or get into college in the United States.

Sheherazad Jaafari is the daughter of the Syrian ambassador to the United States and a one-time press aide to Assad. Jaafari played a role in Walters` landing an interview with the Syrian president in December.

After the interview, Walters acknowledged sending letters to try to help Jaafari land a job or get into a college in the US She says Jaafari asked for a job at ABC News, but Walters refused, saying it was a conflict of interest.

But Walters says she realises the help she offered Jaafari was also a conflict, and "I regret that."

First Published: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - 22:28

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