In a desperate bid to whitewash the unruly bunch of criminal thugs, foreign and local mercenaries, Salafi takfiri jihadis, sectarian warlords and terrorists, mainstream media is now resorting to the oldest marketing trick in the book: sex sells. Hence AP’s attempt here to pimp up that sleazy, piggy-faced, greasy-haired, over-privileged playboy who sports Miami Vice attire and has a penchant for showing off his he-vage, Manaf Tlass:
”But many in the opposition are deeply suspicious of the handsome former general. A handsome man with tussled, salt-and-pepper hair, usually with a cigar between his fingers.”
Remember their outrage after Asma al-Assad was described as beautiful and glamorous by that Vogue piece? One can only imagine their reaction if RT or Press Tv devoted an opening paragraph to describing Jihad Makdissi’s suave style and boyish looks, or a eulogy which recalled the late Basel al-Assad’s hotness. Ah, I forgot, only imperialist stooges who kiss GCC emir’s feet have that undefinable je ne sais quoi that brings out the highlights in traitors’ hair.