Assad Press Aide Did Get Into Columbia After All

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 24: Barbara Walters attends an evening with Ralph Lauren hosted by Oprah Winfrey and presented at Lincoln Center on October 24, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Ralph Lauren) Photo: Jamie McCarthy/2011 Getty Images

Sheherazad Jaafari, the former Bashar Assad aide for whom Barbara Walters wrote a series of ethically fraught e-mails of recommendation, did, in fact, get into Columbia's SIPA program, the Post reports. Whether it was because of Babs or not, we'll never know, but those grad-student mixers where everyone's making small talk about how brutal some of those Middle Eastern dictators are will be awkwardddd.