Three Ways of Looking at a Blackbird

New York Times, May 17th 10:00 am (Istanbul) 
Sözcü, May 17th 10:00 am (Istanbul)

Star, May 17th 10:00 am (Istanbul)
One shouldn't be surprised, of course, but it's still striking to see the differences in the ways that the world gets articulated. The front page of the New York Times website this morning tells us that Russia is arming the Syrians, the GOP is launching investigations, and that Pres. Obama held a press conference in the rain. We don't know who that press conference was with; even the article only makes passing reference.

On the other side, we have Prime Minister Erdoğan. The screen shots from Sözcü (critical of the government) and Star (strongly pro-government) are not equal (the former from the front page, the latter from an article one has to click through to, but they are revealing of the singular importance of Erdoğan in contemporary Turkish (political) life. He is the figure through which both critiques and defenses of Turkish foreign policy are articulated.

But there's been another photo circulating Facebook this morning, which I found striking precisely for the way that it turns the press conference in the Rose Garden––an event rich in symbolic value––into a reminder of the recent bombings in Reyhanlı.
Originally via telegrafhane, this screenshot from Facebook, May 17th 11:00 am


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