Sunday, July 7, 2019

Turkey: State-run media calls upon Turks to donate to Rep. Ilhan Omar’s campaign fund - Robert Spencer

by Robert Spencer

Here is the real collusion. But as always, the establishment media and the political elites will protect Omar from any political consequences, should she take such donations.

“Turkish media calls for Turks to fund, support Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar’s campaign,” MEMRI, July 2, 2019:
(July 2, 2019 / MEMRI) Tarek Cherkaoui, the manager of the Turkish state-run news channel TRT World’s research center, wrote an article in April calling upon Turks to donate to the campaign fund of U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.). The article was widely reprinted in the Turkish media.
The article, written for the English-language website of the Turkish pro-government daily Yeni Şafak and published on April 1, 2019, was titled “Media Flak Directed At Ilhan Omar No Surprise At All.” At least seven other Turkish media outlets ran the article, in both English and in Turkish.
It should be noted that U.S. federal law prohibits foreign nationals from donating to political candidates.
In the article, Cherkaoui wrote that “donating money to Omar’s campaign fund would be an adequate way of denying powerful organizations the power to censor alternative voices.”
It is difficult to calculate the reach this call has had among Turkish readers, but Yeni Şafak’s Turkish-language website is one of Turkey’s most popular news websites, and as of Sept. 2018 its Turkish print edition had a weekly circulation of 111,622. Given Omar’s popularity in Turkey, and the fact that the article was published in Turkish as well as in English, it is likely that some Turks have sought to donate to her campaign fund….

Robert Spencer


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