British Provocateur : The Times

British Provocateur : The Times

The 19th century was a period when the effect of the media on the world’s policies was at its height and Britain got the fair share of it. However, The Times was even more influential than other newspapers of the time, and was effectively used by the British deep state to shape the public opinion and to influence political decisions.

Since its inception, The Times displayed a surprising ability to discover developments before everyone else. Many international developments were announced by The Times, sometimes as far as 48 hours prior to their official announcement by the British government. Lord Lyndhurst, the then Lord Chancellor of Great Britain, defined Thomas Barnes, the editor of The Times as ‘the most powerful man in the country’. In 1855, The Times had reached a circulation of 70,000, which was three times more than all the other London newspapers combined.

The international news network of The Times made it the most important newspaper of the time in Europe, and the European leaders began to follow it to catch up with the latest developments. The French Prime Minister François Guizot many times engaged in open debates with The Times. Emperor Nicholas I of Russia, by reading The Times, found out about the ultimatum of Britain 48 hours before the notice was officially served. On June 21, 1861, the newspaper had 24 pages, with 144 columns, and 4,000 advertisements. 57 out of 64 clauses of the Treaty of Berlin, which cost the Ottoman Empire huge lands, were published in The Times before the treaty was signed.

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The Times supported all uprisings in the Ottoman Empire for 100 years. In every international problem, it adopted an anti-Turkish, anti-Ottoman stance. Readers will see more of this attitude in the following pages under the heading ‘Bulgarian Uprising’.

One final note regarding modern developments: Today, The Times is owned by Rupert Murdoch, who received condemnation from the Islamic world following the comment he made after the Charlie Hebdo attack where he said: “Maybe most Moslems [are] peaceful, but until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held responsible“. Furthermore, the advertisement that was penned by journalist Claire Berlinski, notorious for her anti-Turkish stance, during the Gezi incidents was also published in The Times. In this advertisement, Berlinski compared the Turkish government and President Erdoğan to Nazis and Hitler, and the ‘Respect for National Will rallies’ to the Nuremberg Rally organized by the Nazis.(SOURCE) (Our respectable government and President Erdoğan are above such remarks).

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