LOCAL > ‘Shame on you,’ Amanpour reacts to Turkish daily that published fake interview

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Takvim dedicated its cover on June 18 to a fake interview with Christiane Amanpour under the headline 'dirty confession.'

Takvim dedicated its cover on June 18 to a fake interview with Christiane Amanpour under the headline 'dirty confession.'

Senior CNN anchorwoman Christiane Amanpour has expressed her indignation over Turkish daily Takvim’s publishing of a bogus interview with her its June 18 edition.

“Shame on you @Takvim for publishing FAKE interview with me,” Amanpour posted on her Twitter account, after Takvim published a fake “interview” with her in which she said the CNN editorial board had made her cover recent events with the intention of “destabilizing” Turkey for international business interests, among a long list of other lies.

Takvim had dedicated its cover to the story under the headline “dirty confession,” with a subtitle reporting that Amanpour confessed “We did everything for money.”

It was all arranged to look like a genuine article, but the newspaper put a tiny note at the end of the webpage story admitting it was not a real interview and that they were doing this to “get back at” CNN's “lies” during the recent Gezi Park protests. A disclaimer also existed in the newspaper itself, stating: “This interview is not real, but what you will read here is real.” The fake report drew a fierce reaction from Turkish social media users.

“Petrol, medicine, alcoholic beverage producers and giant finance lobbies threatened us,” Amanpour was quoted as saying.

Mevlüt Yüksel, who wrote the fake interview, also appeared wearing a mock CNN visitor card in a photo on the front page of Takvim.

‘Hi Christiane, it's just sarcasm’

After Amanpour's reaction, Yüksel answered back via his own Twitter account, tweeting: “Hi Christiane, I am the reporter of the fake interview. Do you really think it is true... It's just sarcasm,” he wrote. “If you want to contact me... Ask @arwaCNN,” he added, in reference to CNN’s senior correspondent Arwa Damon.

CNN International was one of the most-watched outlets during the June 11 police intervention against peaceful protesters. Amanpour quickly become a social media hot topic when she ended her interview with one of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s advisers, İbrahim Kalın, by saying: “The show is over, sir.”

Leading figures of the Turkish government have repeatedly condemned CNN International's coverage of the Gezi Park unrest in Turkey.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has complained the international media “exaggerated” what happened in Turkey.

June/18/2013

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Ottoman Youth

6/21/2013 4:54:25 PM

Long live Erdogan; all muslims with you. Amanpour, cnn, bbc, reuters and all other wathdogs can not hurt you.

Eric Martin

6/19/2013 10:38:57 PM

Long live Erdogan!

GERARD SELTZER

6/19/2013 4:03:43 PM

Who can predict the future. Politics is a dirty game. Enemies today become friends tomorrow. Turkey under Erdogan has losts its credibility as a democracy. How it will all end is anybody's guess. Will the army be called in? If so, will it support the AKP or will it lead to a coup? Who knows? Much is going on behind the scenes to which we are not privy.

alkan alkan

6/19/2013 3:56:22 PM

Christine don't worry. TAKVIM is just a rag and nothing else.These are the so called newspapers which support the PM Recep

mara mcglothin

6/19/2013 3:30:01 PM

MEHMET What are you talking about! Brazil is getting coverage! It was below the line on the front page of my small town paper this morning. BERGE America will never pull out of Turkey, OTTOMAN You are completely wrong! Oh and FYI Most of my friends supported the AKP until NOW.

Brian Irlanda

6/19/2013 3:20:57 PM

Actually mehmet ud. You are not correct. CNN International is reporting widely on the Brazil situation. Actually Brazil is far closer to home and more important for the US economy than Turkey so in fact there is even MORE coverage. Of course coverage is not universal, for example what you see on CNN in one continent can be different to another. Turkey is more important for European news but Brazil is more important for US and the coverage of Brazil there is bigger.

Stephen Brunette

6/19/2013 1:03:48 PM

I don't think she is too worried. Takvim is the equivilant of the "National Enquirer" for AKP followers, a rag with no "real" news.

hanni bal

6/19/2013 12:04:33 PM

the truth hurts...it shows that her commentary and reporting were biased.good for the daily newspaper boldly stated it was a"fake interview" to show they were honest about it and not mixed with the true journalism.

hanni bal

6/19/2013 11:44:08 AM

the truth hurts...it shows that her commentary and reporting were biased.Cheers for the daily newspaper for they boldly stated it was a"fake interview" to show they were just honest about it and not mixed with the true journalism.

mehmet ud

6/19/2013 11:39:58 AM

Well... CNN not reporting anything on Brazil? just partial attention is given to brazil despite demo's being 10 times bigger than that of turkey. Im impressed with the turkish newspaper however its only a needle tip in the ocean compared what these Western media get up to
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