The media and Feb. 28

March 06, 2012, Tuesday/ 16:52:00

I have been reading some comments and articles written about the Feb. 28, 1997 coup, and I find something very odd. During debates on the Feb. 28 coup five years ago, the influence of military tutelage was still very powerful.

And many columnists kept saying, “If only the military would attack the government and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, then we will be alright.” Former Chief of General Staff Gen. Yaşar Büyükanıt was then like a heroic soldier, and at that time people could not easily say, “All those responsible must be tried, and generals must be punished.” Instead, they could only blame the media. Now it’s the opposite. Every one, including Kemalists, agree on the generals’ being tried, and they have come to the point of saying, “Soldiers did all that; the guilty are the soldiers, not the media,” rather than saying, “The media did all that; the media made the military stage the coup,” as they used to say previously. The claims are always the most extreme and far from the reality of “They actually did it in cooperation.”