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Wall Street Journal reporter Joe Parkinson has taken a recent conflict between the newspaper and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to the microblogging website Twitter, saying WSJ reporters "report the news" and do not comment on it.
Parkinson tweeted through his personal account that none of the WSJ reporters were planning to make statements regarding Erdoğan's harsh criticism of the media giant over a recent news report that claimed a Turkish jet was over Syrian waters when it was shot down on June 22.
"To those asking if WSJ reporters will make statements about PM Erdoğan's remarks, the answer is no,” Parkinson tweeted. "We don't make statements, we report the news."

Erdoğan has accused the American daily of being biased ahead of U.S. elections, saying "they have published lies before."
“Who are these sources?” Erdoğan asked during an event in the Central Anatolia province of Kayseri, calling on the WSJ to reveal its sources and accusing the paper of “cowardice” by concealing the origin of their stories
An unarmed Turkish military jet was shot down June 22 by Syria. Turkey claims the plane was shot in international airspace with a heat- or laser-guided missile, but Syria rejects the claims, saying the Turkish jet was shot by anti-aircraft gunners as it flew at an altitude of 100 meters within Syrian airspace.
Erdoğan’s remarks came after Turkey’s military denied WSJ’s report, arguing that the incident occurred over international waters while showing a map showing the plane’s alleged position.


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Blue Dotterel

7/3/2012 5:29:46 PM

The WSJ got its information from American intelligence sources. The same sources that stated that Iran was not making a nuclear bomb years ago, and still maintain it. Facts never get in the way of corporate profits. Politicians in the US are bought with corporate profits. You can't win a federal election without corporate money. The real citizens in the US are those "people" called corporations. The rest of the people just feed them through their taxes. Its called corporate socialism.


7/2/2012 11:38:24 PM

Yes Rupert Murdock is anti Obama however this news is actually can be viewed as pro Obama as conservatives and surviving neo-cons in America are itching for a fight in Syria, which Obama administration is not. Portraying Obama proactively seeking for a reason to attack Syria is actually what the neo-cons wants. No, our PM is mistaken to indicate that WSJ is making up stuff to hurt Obama.

Faruk Beisser

7/2/2012 10:14:34 PM

Beware you reporters! The Great Leader will have you arrested for terrorism if he catches you!

Tayyar Abi

7/2/2012 7:43:06 PM

I'll have to go along with RTE on this one. He's got the Wall Street Journal pegged exactly right, a right wing anti Obama propaganda rag.

Erol Asim

7/2/2012 6:41:57 PM

WSJ is owned by News Corp. Who owns News Corp? Rupert Murdoch. Who is Rupert Murdoch? A Republican conservative who has a right wing agenda. News Corp encouraged their journalists to hack the phones of politicians, celebrities, and crime victims. Erdogan is making a valid point. RM is anti-Obama.

sam stevens

7/2/2012 6:39:18 PM

It's astonishing how the abuse comes when Turks don't like something written that they disagree with. Had this reports findings agreed with Turkey's, they'd have said WSJ reporters were a wonderful & reliable source.

Tamer Aslantas

7/2/2012 5:30:10 PM

And you call this reporting?

Grzegorz Brzeczyszczykiewicz

7/2/2012 5:24:06 PM

Question: Whom do you believe?

The Lion

7/2/2012 5:02:04 PM

The Wall Street Journal, known for being a propaganda rag for the Republicans in their build up to the US occupation and genocide of Iraq, is faced with a personal dilemma. They had Turks and have always written fabricated stories but at the same time they support US warmongering against Syria. If anything, this shows what little control their editors have.

mistique holland

7/2/2012 4:40:58 PM

Joe Parkinson finds no need in WSJ reporters to make statements but WSJ reporters report the news!!!! But Joe Parkinson uses his PERSONAL twitter acount to state this!!!!That's not news that's making personal statements on Erdogan and this is even worse for a reporter!!!And the WSJ should make more news about USA politics and not foreign ones...they have their hands full on their own garbage.
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