How do Eva Bartlett & Vanessa Beeley get away with being called independent journalists when they grovel repeatedly over Bashar & Asma Assad, including sending saccharin birthday cards & drooling over how beautiful she is, & exchanging gifts with & writing paeans to Assad’s propaganda minister Bouthaina Shaaban? You can’t fool most people all of the time but you can trust an Assadist to kiss the ass of power all of the time.