Turkish daily Takvim has published a bogus interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, where she “admitted” that the CNN editorial board made her cover recent events with the express interest of destabilizing Turkey for international business interests, among a long list of other lies.
Takvim dedicated its cover on June 18 to this fake interview under the headline “dirt confession”. The spot reads “CNN International’s famous anchorwoamn Christiane Amanpour spoke to Takvim and admitted ‘We did everything for money.’”
Takvim did put a tiny note at the end on the web page that this was not a real interview and that they were doing this to get back at CNN’s lies during the protests.
A disclaimer also existed on the newspaper itself saying “this interview is not real but what you will read here is real.”
“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 CNN visitor card in a fake photo.
Takvim’s “fake interview” drew a fierce reaction from Turkish social media users.
CNN International in particular was one of the most-watched outlets during the June 11 police intervention against peaceful protestors with CNN reporter Christiane Amanpour quickly becoming a social media topic when she ended her interview with one of the prime minister’s advisors, İbrahim Kalın by saying, “The show is over sir.”
Turkish Government’s leading figures repeatedly condemned CNN International’s coverage of the Gezi Park unrest in Turkey.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on June 16 said the international media exaggerated what happened in Turkey.