Yesterday, I teed off on Reuters for it’s non-story about earthquake-stricken Turkey declining Israeli humanitarian assistance. The Turks have so far turned down all foreign aid offers. Strange, but that’s Ankara’s perogative.
Now the LA Times churns out the same non-story.
The Times itself even notes:
But for now Turkey has politely declined help from Israel and other nations, saying it hoped to tackle the crisis on its own.
Irresponsible headlines like these fuel further rumors that Turkey’s deputy prime minister Bülent Ar?nç called “ugly.” Hurriyet writes:
“Whoever is doing this is doing something horrendous,” Ar?nç said. “We may not be on the best of terms with Israel on a governmental basis. Yet to respond negatively to such humane offers of the Israeli government in the wake of such disaster would have been wrong and inappropriate. It is completely untrue that we refused their help on separate agendas.”