Monday, 8 August 2016

Protest at NBC news over false Turkey coup bid coverage


Sibel Edmonds and Newbud 

confront NBC News over 

false reporting




Sibel Edmonds and her team at Newsbud were the first to discover a false news story put out by NBC News about Erdogan fleeing to Germany during the recent coup attempt. Instead of just talking about it she and a group from New bud travelled to New York to confront the news giant and expose the falsehood.

While, of course this event went unrported by any corporate media Russia’s Sputnik and some alternative media did notice.

It was mentioned in the weekend by Julian Assange on his RT interview.


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Protest at NBC news over false Turkey coup bid coverage

News outlet draws ire of Turkish-Americans, media personnel with false report at critical moment during coup attempt in Turkey


5 August, 2016



NEW YORK (AA) – Turkish Americans and media members on Thursday demonstrated outside the world headquarters of NBC News in New York, slamming the organization for a false report on the night of a recent putsch attempt in Turkey.

NBC News set off a chain reaction that misled the world during the July 15 coup attempt when it posted tweets that were later deleted that claimed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan fled Turkey and was seeking asylum in Germany.

The news organization cited an unnamed "senior U.S. military official" for having received the information.

The tweet went viral on social media and was widely used by traditional media organizations -- all of which sourced NBC News, carrying the false information to millions of readers, including Turks, at a critical time during the deadly coup bid.

Sibel Edmonds, a Turkish-American dual citizen and former FBI translator, told reporters in front of Rockefeller Plaza that NBC News was "no longer a news organization".

"It is an extension of Central Intelligence Agency and Pentagon; this is what they proved here," Edmonds said. "They actively and directly participated in a coup."

Edmonds, who is the founder of the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition, argued that by taking so long to apologize for a material error in its reporting, NBC News proved it was indeed not a mistake.

"If it was just an innocent mistake, all they had to do was to issue a statement" apologizing, and that would be an example of ethical journalism, she said.

"For two weeks, despite receiving mail, letters, from not only us but other journalists, they are refusing to do that. And what does that say? That says, NBC News corporation is no longer categorized under news agency."

The group attempted to contact the chairman of NBC News chairman and other top executives who were all given prior notice.

Protesters were met, however, by a security guard who said he would convey the group's message to his bosses.

In an interview with Russia Today, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange also expressed outrage at NBC News coverage of defeated coup, accusing it of helping the coup attempt.


"What the hell is going on there?" Assange said of the outlet's coverage the night of the attempted coup. "That went all around the world, and was used to further the chance of success of the coup,” he said in reference to the report of Erdogan seeking asylum.


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This is coverage of the story by Sputnik News


False NBC Report That Erdogan Fled Coup Leads Turkish Media to Suspect CIA Plot

Pro-Erdogan supporters wave Turkish national flags during a rally at Taksim square in Istanbul on July 18, 2016 following the military failed coup attempt of July 15

6 August, 2016


The 'news' outlet tweeted that the Turkish President had fled to Germany to seek asylum at a critical point in the failed coup attempt that dramatically increased the chances of the government overthrow bid.

This week, Turkish Americans and media figures loudly demonstrated outside the world headquarters of NBC News in New York slamming the mainstream US news outlet for its false report on the night of the failed coup attempt in Turkey that dramatically increased the likely that the government overthrow would succeed.

NBC News triggered a firestorm after initiating a domino effect among media outlets after incorrectly reporting that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had fled Turkey and was seeking asylum in Germany in a number of later deleted tweets posted in the thick of the July 15 coup attempt.

NBC cited an unnamed "senior military official" as the source of the information which immediately went viral on social media and was picked up by a number of traditional media outlets, all of which sourced NBC News causing the misleading information to trickle down to hundreds of millions of readers, including Turks, at a critical moment in the deadly coup attempt.

It has been widely speculated that the original source is US General John Campbell who Islamist newspaper Yeni Safak pegged as "the man behind the coup" in a front page article with the military official's face plastered on its front cover.

Sibel Edmonds, a Turkish-American dual citizen and former FBI translator, blasted the media outlet saying NBC News was "no longer a news organization."

"It’s an extension of the Central Intelligence Agency and Pentagon; this is what they proved here,” Edmonds said. “They actively and directly participated in a coup."

In an interview with RT on Friday, WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange expressed outrage about the false reporting saying "What the hell is going on there?"

"Turkish newspapers are publishing stories around a theory that the United States was behind the attempted coup, that US intelligence sources have supported Fethullah Gulen, the head of the Gulen cult, and that has been called by the Turkish government as the leader of the coup," said Assange.

"One of the key evidence points cited by Turkish media is that in the middle of the coup, NBC published that Erdogan was on his way to Germany to seek asylum and they say that this was told to them by a US military source so what the hell is going on there because that went all the way around the world and went to further the chances of success of the coup in Turkey because if the President is gone then you’ve lost control," said the whistleblower.


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Several hundred Turkish residents died in the bloody coup attempt after the Turkish President made a desperate plea to the public, in an interview on CNNTurk via FaceTime, where he called for the people to take to the streets. The coup plotters, who called themselves the "Council of Peace" and said that they were there to restore democratic practices to the country, turned their weapons on the protesting citizens.


In total, over 60,000 people have been fired or arrested in the post-coup purge with President Erdogan hinting at bring back the death penalty for roughly 15,000 individuals imprisoned on charges of treason.



This is the original item on this on Newsbud


This is a recent interview of Sibel on Turkey on the Lew Rockwell Show

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