Con Coughlin on Iran’s ‘$25 million donation’ to Turkey’s ruling party

The Daily Telegraph’s Con Coughlin has written an interesting article about an alleged donation of $25 million by Iran’s government to Turkey’s ruling AK Party.

The article is interesting because it tells you far more about the reporter, Con Coughlin, than about any actual facts about what has actually happened. Let’s take a closer look at it.

Firstly, the article carries the headline: ‘Iran donates $25 million to Turkey’s ruling party’. This is clearly an unambiguous statement. It is further emphasised by the standfirst (the one sentence summary that appears immediately below the headline) to the article which reads as follows:

‘Iran has agreed to donate $25 million (£16 million) to Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) in a move that will increase fears that Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan is preparing to abandon the country’s secular constitution.’

Again, the import of these words is unmistakeable and can only mean that Iran has indeed donated $25 million to Turkey’s AK Party and that this is a worrying development.

But, where is the evidence for the assertion that Iran has actually donated this money to the AK Party? Coughlin’s first paragraph reads as follows:

‘Western diplomats say they are alarmed by reports that Mr Erdogan has negotiated a deal with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for Tehran to make a substantial contribution to the campaign funds of Turkey‘s leading Islamic party.’

So, this so-called news story is based on ‘reports’ which Coughlin noticeably fails to source and alleged ‘alarm’ among some diplomats that Coughlin refuses to name.

I have previously written about Coughlin’s history of writing scaremongering articles about Iran and his latest piece appears on the face of it to be little different.

Hidden away inside Coughlin’s article, however, is this sentence:

‘The Turkish government denied having received the money from Iran.’

That seems to be a rather categorical denial of the basis for Coughlin’s story. And all that Coughlin offers the reader to refute that is unsourced ‘reports’ and rumours.

There really ought to be an award for journalists of Coughlin’s calibre. ‘For life-long services in the furtherance of bullshit’ seems about right.

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6 Responses to Con Coughlin on Iran’s ‘$25 million donation’ to Turkey’s ruling party

  1. Asim says:

    Okay, let’s keep the swearing out of this.

  2. Asim: If you can’t stand it, then kindly piss off.

  3. Turkey faces the choice of either continuing its secular modernization as a state with an Islamic cultural heritage, but one with a tolerant and enlightened outlook, initiated so spectacularly and successfully by the brilliant and humane Kemal Atatürk nearly a century ago, or it can revert back to type and become a stagnant fundamentalist backwater like Iran. Iran once had the chance to develop similarly, but the 1979 revolution put pay to that; at least for the time being. Moreover, the former Shah, whilst being infinitely better than Khomeini and his ilk, was certainly no Atatürk.

    There are definitely forces at work in Turkey that wish to turn the clock back, and Iran is willing to assist them. The recent manufactured confrontation with Israel is very relevant in this respect.

    • I have roots in political islam says:

      In principle, Con Coughlin writing BullShit is very good for Turkey’s secularist elite. Ironically, they would actually believe in stories like this bullshit. Even when Con-man himself apologizes in a week’s time, the purpose of the article will be well-served already. The whole world will believe the original lie and nobody will notice the apology. I’m sure the Turkish laicists are very happy about this straight-out lie and they are celebrating in their republican protests in the streets of Turkey’s big cities.

      When you put Ataturk against the liberal democracy, policy of the AK & Erdogan, the Turkish education system manufacturs brains that will automatically select Ataturk vs. anything else. But the question is, is there Ataturk, anywhere in this picture? The answer is, wherever your puppeteer puts Ataturk, he is there.

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