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No Match For Armenian-Activist 'True Believers' --
From Eric Hoffer's 'True Believer'
"The fanatic cannot be weaned away from his cause by an appeal to his reason or moral sense. He fears compromise and [selectively invents history] to justify the righteousness of his cause. His passionate attachment is more vital to him than the quality of the cause to which he is attached."
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TIME laid low by Armenian Genocide True-BelieversIf you were ever in doubt about the pernicious power of a relentless, well-financed gang of true-believers,
In the 6 June 2005 issue of TIME Europe, the magazine published advertising (together with a promotional DVD) encouraging tourism in Turkey. As is common practice with tourism advertising, it was paid for by a branch of the Chamber of Commerce (of the country in question) -- in this case, the CoC of Ankara.
Tucked in together with the advertising material on the DVD was a documentary film that presented the Turkish side of the so-called Armenian Genocide. (How many people actually watched the film is unknown -- but something like 500,000 copies of the issue were distributed in Europe.)
When word of the documentary spread via the Internet to Armenian Genocide True-Believers worldwide, they went after TIME Magazine with a furious vengeance.
In response to the furor, TIME Mag printed the following Letter-to-the-Editor (in its 20 June 2005 European edition) :
"I was rather disappointed to see a DVD in your magazine [June 6] accompanying a Turkish ad that portrayed Armenians as terrorists and the Armenian genocide as a myth. TIME has a good reputation for unbiased reporting. The DVD is an insult to all Armenians across the world."
TIME answered the letter in a following 'Editors Note', saying: "TIME is an independent newsmagazine and does not endorse the views of any organization or government. We regret any offense caused by the advertisements."
TIME's low-key attempt at conciliation fell waaay short of what the Armenian true-believers wanted, and they began to relentlessly badger Norman Pearlstine, the Editor-in-Chief of TIME, Inc for redress.
After receiving an angry e-mail from true-believer Simon Maghakyan (who made a wild-eyed comparison in his e-message between the Turkish tourism-promoting DVD and German Nazi-Party propaganda during WW2), Mr. Pearlstine sent the following reply: "We have, of course, apologized in the magazine for accepting a DVD whose contents were different from what we had been led to believe they would be."
Now wait a minute, Mr. Pearlstine!Huh?!
Was the Editor-in-Chief of TIME Magazine saying that he couldn't be held accountable for the magazine's advertising policy and review practices? Was he trying to shift responsibility from his 'hay seed' Advertising Executives to those 'tricky-dicks' at the Ankara Chamber of Commerce?
Sure sounds like it, doesn't it...
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© Armenian Activist True-Believers bring TIME Magazine to its knees -- Time Magazine folds under pressure