Erdoğan's desperate PR gathering exposes 'parallel journalism'

Seeing no way out from his political and legal impasse, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s latest move was to gather a group of journalists to a hastily arranged meeting in his office in Dolmabahçe Palace, İstanbul. 

No doubt this was an act of growing despair. The prime minister proves, time and again, that when strongly challenged the only way he knows is to assemble a package of imaginary enemies and elaborate on them without any convincing evidence.  

He uses his ammunition of loud rhetoric, as he did after the Gezi Park protests, when he managed to repair a decline in his voters to a certain degree. This time, though, he is facing a very different problem: one graft probe, along with a second one (which has been blocked), and two ministers’ sons plus the CEO of a public bank and others in detention, with a seemingly powerful collection of evidence. This makes Erdoğan’s swim against the current much more arduous.  

And the more powerful the current is, the wilder his rhetoric becomes.  

“Parallel state” has remained a favorite term. What distinguishes it from the “deep state” is, we have learned, that the former is the “deep state without the military.”

In the early stages of the graft probe’s public appearance, he extensively used the term “global assault” to enrich our knowledge but, as we understand from the PR event in Dolmabahçe, this did not really cut it. So he used a new term, “global assassination” — which was against his person, his government and, of course, Turkey. These global assassins — who, we might hear soon, may have been inspired by telekinesis methods from outer space — are a blend of business formations, shadowy forces, media (what else) and enemies in disguise at home and abroad, in a lethal combination.  

Here, to clarify what he meant, he received help from Numan Kurtulmuş, deputy chairman of the AKP; the new phrase was the “chaos lobby.”

Another term which tops his list is “dependent judiciary,” as opposed to “independent.” He is like a soccer player who thinks referees are redundant. He told his PR group, sorry, the “journalists” at the meeting, that he will not only do his utmost to fight back against the “dependent judiciary,” but also lashed out at “some prosecutors” who he accused of travelling abroad too often and excessive skiing. He also informed the “PR group” that he “ordered the Justice Ministry to seek possible ways for the retrial of army officers suspected of coup attempts.”


The despair he feels for his survival has been revealed by the fact that he no longer has any idea what he is doing: He is frantically lifting the lid on every possible hole that can take Turkey back to its despicably malevolent factory settings. It is no wonder that all the undemocratic forces are now waking up from their hibernation.

The saddest part was…

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