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Akşam, your Ergenekon friendly paper

In Erkan's interviews, Journalism on September 5, 2008 at 12:37

I am hitting Doğan Media Group (DMG) papers recently but how I missed Akşam? Owned by a once-bigger media conglomeration, Akşam’s bitter tone should be noted when one talks about the Ergenekon case. Normally, I respect Akşam’s position. Compared to major Doğan papers, it occupies a more neutral standing and unlike Vatan daily who had boasted about being independent (but then sold to DMG), Akşam stayed relatively independent. Its chief editor Serdar Turgut has an intellectual level well beyond many of his counterparts. -But of course he rejected to talk to me for my dissertation despite the talk I made with his secretary, several times. So Erkan does not like him anymore (!) and be believes his frequent quotes from famous philosophers and social theoreticians are all farcical-

Anyway, it should be noted that one of its columnists, Güler Kömürcü, had allegedly a significant role in Ergenekon.

The paper’s general strategy is to attack the weak points of Ergenekon indictment. An intense words of exchange with a correspondent confirmed this.

Its media gossip columnist Oray Eğin constantly attacks Taraf. First wave of attacks questioned the latter’s financial sources implying they were given credits from state banks. This did not work. He is now happy to find out the real financial sources: Advertisements! Major ads come from AKP friendly businesses. Their ads can be found in other dailies, mostly in more Islamic press. So, Mr. Eğin, argues here is it. Taraf is financed by AKP. This is a crude argumentation. He has an insulting language all over. The logic of business and advertising works like that anyway. Businesses spend money on ads that will appear in not-hostile media. And so what? For me the most important thing about Taraf is that they published the leaked documents and made Ergenekon a national story. That’s what really annoys those who are deliberately stucked in their small worlds. And one more word, unlike let’s say Hürriyet columnists, Akşam columnists are younger and educated in the recent language of social sciences (i.e. Hence when criticising Orhan Pamuk, this is not because he betrayed his nation but he observes the nation like an Orientalist)….

 

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  1. RE: Aksam
    Just a thought/question: Is it very common for journalists/editors.. to quote or reference philosophers and social theoreticians? This just struck me because I am not sure how common this is for editors in other countries and I remember being puzled by this before when reading your blog…? I don’t think it is very usual in the UK. Of course, I don’t know how often it occurs or whether it is only in discussion of certain themes/issues…

  2. It is not common. But since there are more columnists than many other countries in Turkey. You might one more. Serdar Turgut quotes from Zizek or frequently mentions who he reads. Taha Akyol (of Milliyet) also quotes from scholarly works and he is known to apply- sometimes crudely- theoretical writings to current issues. There are certainly others but these two names comes to my mind immediately.

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