Turner: KGB 'Honorable,' Iraq 'Naked Aggression' = USSR in Afghan
By Media Research Center
December 1, 2008
"The KGB, I think, was an honorable place to work" with "worthwhile" achievements, CNN founder Ted Turner contended in an interview aired on Sunday's Meet the Press in which he blamed the U.S. for starting the battles with Vladimir Putin "by putting the Star Wars system in Czechoslovakia and Poland" and, when host Tom Brokaw recalled that Leonid Brezhnev reacted to Jimmy Carter's outreach by invading Afghanistan, Turner retorted with moral equivalence: "Well, we invaded Afghanistan, too, and it's a lot further -- at least it's on the border of the Soviet Union." Brokaw called it "naked aggression on the part of the Russians at the time," prompting Turner to charge: "Well, going into Iraq was naked aggression on the part of the United States."
Turner, who did the sit-down as part of the media tour for his new book, Call Me Ted, defended Putin's KGB background by comparing it to someone who worked for the FBI: "We have an FBI and, and, and, and, and we're not prejudiced against somebody who's worked at the FBI. It's an honorable place to work. And the KGB, I think, was an honorable place to work. And it, it gave people in the former Soviet Union, a communist country, an opportunity to do something important and worthwhile."
Yeah, like oppressing people in captured nations and running gulags to suppress political dissent.
And Czechoslovakia is no more.
[This item, by the MRC's Brent Baker, was posted Sunday on the MRC's blog, NewsBusters.org: newsbusters.org ]
Seven months ago, Turner similarly applied moral equivalence in describing Iraqi insurgents as "patriots" who simply "don't like us because we've invaded their country" and "if the Iraqis were in Washington, D.C., we'd be doing the same thing."
In that same interview on PBS, Turner predicted global warming will soon lead to cannibalism. The April 2 CyberAlert item, "Turner: Iraqi Insurgents 'Patriots,' Warming Inaction: Cannibalism," recounted with video:
Interviewed Tuesday for Charlie Rose's PBS show, CNN founder Ted Turner argued that inaction on global warming "will be catastrophic" and those who don't die "will be cannibals." He also applied moral equivalence in describing Iraqi insurgents as "patriots" who simply "don't like us because we've invaded their country" and so "if the Iraqis were in Washington, D.C., we'd be doing the same thing." On not taking drastic action to correct global warming: "Not doing it will be catastrophic. We'll be eight degrees hotter in ten, not ten but 30 or 40 years and basically none of the crops will grow. Most of the people will have died and the rest of us will be cannibals."
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From the pre-recorded interview run on the Sunday, November 30 Meet the Press:
TOM BROKAW: You met Vladimir Putin when he was just an aide to the mayor of St. Petersburg. He picked up you and Jane Fonda, to whom you were married at the time. But as you have watched him since then, most people see not in his eyes a soulful person, but the eyes -- three letters, as someone has put it: KGB. That he is-
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