By Ferruh Demirmen, Ph.D.
When it comes to asserting “genocide,” fakery is not unusual in the propaganda arsenal of the Armenian camp. A recent example came to light in a news article published by “Public Radio of Armenia” – the official organ of Armenia. In its March 15, 2021 Internet edition, this news outlet published an article featuring the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Talaat Pasha by a young Armenian murderer named Soghomon Tehlirian.
Talaat Pasha was the Ottoman Minister of Interior Affairs – and later the Grand Vizier - that is commonly blamed for “Armenian genocide” by advocates of this alleged crime. He was murdered in broad daylight by Tehlirian in Berlin on March 15, 1921. In a 2-day trial that was a travesty of justice, Tehlirian was found not guilty by a Berlin court, and set free. Although there were about 10,000 German officers or specialist soldiers in the Ottoman Army during World War I, none of them was called as a witness, including General B. von Schellendorf, the deputy of Enver Pasha, the Minister of War, who would have been an obvious witness. The jury deliberations announcing “not guilty” lasted slightly more than an hour.
After spending some time in Europe, Tehlirian moved to America, and, not surprisingly, was treated as a hero by the Armenian community in the U.S. His grave in Fresno, California is marked by a monument in his honor. There are also several statues of him erected in Armenia.
What was most unusual in the Armenian radio’s news piece, was that the presumed copy of a March 15, 1921 headline from The New York Times contained the term “genocide.”
But the term “genocide” did not exist in 1921. It was coined and first used by Polish lawyer Raphael Lemkin in his 1944 Axis Rule in Occupied Europe in analysis of Nazi Germany. In the actual headlines of The Times published on March 16 and 17, 1921, retrieved from the archives, the word “genocide” is missing.
So, the headline included in the Armenian article is an outright fakery – a product of Photoshop artistry. So much so that, apart from the term “genocide,” the headline is a completely new creation, with no resemblance to the Times headline. What is playing out here, is a shameless attempt to advance the “genocide” narrative through perversion of a century-old The Times headline. The reader is surely deceived, journalistic ethics breached, and most likely laws – at least the copy-right law – violated.
Another aspect of the article is that its tenor tends to glorify the assassination of a high Ottoman official. For how can someone kill a man but not be a murderer, like Tehlirian claimed? And the news outlets such as the one cited above practicing such shady journalism is troubling! It is like calling the gang that stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021 “peaceful demonstrators.” We have seen plenty of Armenian terror, i.e., ASALA/JCAG, born out of racial and ethnic hatred.
The New York Times is probably unaware of the journalistic deception perpetrated by the Armenian radio. The author took the trouble of alerting The Times accordingly. But given the fact that The Times, as most of the Western press, is pro-Armenian on the “genocide” controversy, it is doubtful whether this venerated news media will do anything about the deception. One can perhaps hope that journalistic ethics and respect for law will propel The Times to take some action.
On October 29, 2019, when the U.S. House of Representatives voted to recognize “Armenian genocide,” The New York Times published an op-ed on the same day by Samantha Power, an advocate of the Armenian narrative, praising the House vote. Obviously, considering the timing, there was a prior arrangement between The Times and Ms. Power. A few days later, The Times not only declined to publish the rebuttal of Power’s op-ed submitted by this author, it did not even acknowledge the receipt of it – even after reminders. Ironically, the newspaper’s website said, “The Times welcomes diversity of opinion.” If that was not the epitome of hypocrisy, one wonders what is!
Editor’s note: Ferruh Demirmen, Ph.D., is a retired oil and gas professional that has also done extensive research on the Armenian issue.
The New York Times news, Berlin, March 15 and 16, 1921 (rest of news cut out). Publication in U.S. on March 16 and 17, 1921, respectively.