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Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

{Originally posted on author’s website, FirstOneThrough}

The news agencies reported on Pope Francis’ visit to Turkey in November 2014. Remarkably, the major media outlets such as CNN, BBC, and The New York Times did not report on the extreme hardened Islamic moves that have taken place in Turkey over the past several years, nor other abuses:

  • No mention of the Turkish persecution of the Kurdish minorities
  • No mention of Turkey’s illegal invasion and ongoing occupation of northern Cyprus
  • No mention of the Turkish genocide of the Armenians
  • No mention of rightward shift of Turkish government:
    • Banning kissing in public
    • Banning Youtube
    • Banning Twitter
    • Jailing the most journalists in the world in 2012 and 2013
    • Banning drinking at night
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The closest any major news organization came to criticizing Turkey was the Guardian, which quickly backed off with a quote “Things are good now, better than before certainly,” Atmaca said. “I think the Islamist rhetoric [of the government] is mostly show.””

By way of comparison, when the Pope visited Israel in May 2014, the New York Times did nothing to describe the positive environment of Christians in Israel, and constantly sought to portray every move of Pope Francis as critical of Israel in the Arab-Israel conflict (as described in the FirstOneThrough articles below.)  Absent from their narrative, was that Israel is a thriving country with more freedoms of press and worship than any country in the Middle East.  The country is much more than the conflict with the Palestinians, just as Turkey is more than its conflict in Cyprus or with the Kurds.

Here is a FirstOneThrough video analysis of an interview of Recep Erdogan from September 11, 2011, then the Prime Minister and now the President of Turkey. Like the liberal media outlets, the attacks on Israel are persistent, and the hypocrisy is without limits.

FirstOneThrough video “Turkish hypocrisy: Erdogan threatens Neighbors”:


Sources:

CNN coverage: http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/28/world/europe/turkey-pope-visit/

BBC coverage: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30239233

New York Times coverage: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/30/world/europe/pope-brings-message-of-interreligious-peace-to-istanbul.html?_r=0

FirstOneThrough comparing NY Times coverage of Turkish and Israeli elections: https://firstonethrough.wordpress.com/2014/08/11/new-york-times-talking-turkey/

FirstOneThrough on Pope in Israel: https://firstonethrough.wordpress.com/2014/05/28/nytimes-shows-its-preference-in-dueling-narratives-in-the-middle-east/

FirstOneThrough on NY Times Pope’s “Peace prayer” invitation: https://firstonethrough.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/ny-times-skewed-view-on-pope-prayer-invitation-and-mideast-peace/

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5 COMMENTS

  1. IS HE CONVERTING TO ISLAM? MOST PROBABLY YES, HE DOES! WHY? WELL, HE JUST FOLLOWS HIS COMMUNIST SOCIALIZED ISLAMO-FASCISTS – THE WAY THE NAZIFIED LATIN AMERICA IS FORCED TO ACT POLITICALLY SINCE THE IIWW. THE ENTIRE CONTINENT IS PERVERTED BY NAZIS EVER SINCE…

  2. The pope is there for reconciliation of the Orthodox and Catholic church. He isnt there for political reasons. And he is also there
    For the 1 million refugees that Turkey has taken in that are mostly Orthodox and
    Catholic Christians. Those minor murders, thousands of Christians so far, , not
    only the media has majorly ignored but
    Israel also. I dont see anything on these Jewish sites about the horror of Christian murders of and their childrens heads put on
    poles, do you? With all the things wrong in Turkey, at least one million Syrian refugees
    have found a safe haven in Turkey !! . As a Catholic I can tell you that the pope is not
    on a political agenda. Period… and I applaud Turkey for taking in these refugees. Give credit when credit is due…

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