So Anne Barnard mocked Bashshar Al-Asad in a tweet and posted a picture in which his portrait appeared on a wall. So supporters of the Syrian "revolution" (in the East and West) misunderstood the tweet, and were outraged and thought that she was saluting the Syrian dictator. She went on to explain and be extremely defensive and wrote repeatedly that her intention was in no way to salute the Syrian ruler, to no avail. Eventually, she wrote this:
|Anne Barnard (@ABarnardNYT)|
1. My "good morning Damascus" tweet was widely misunderstood so I deleted it because my meaning obviously was unclear.