Updated February 5th, 2017 (Original date was in July 9th 2015). There’s news flashes at the bottom of the page!
Cenk wrote two times in the 90s how there was no Armenian genocide .
Cenk Uygur who is a popular host of The Young Turks youtube show has some controversy. In 1991 Cenk Uygur wrote in his college paper The Daily Pennsylvanian an article titled, “Historical Fact or Falsehood?” He wrote how there was no Armenian genocide. Here’s two links to the same article: http://penn.veridiansoftware.com/cgi-bin/pennsylvania?a=d&d=tdp19911122-01.2.24 and http://www.webcitation.org/68YqvmgSY He said American scholars couldn’t see any such evidence of a genocide. He said the U.S president Wilson used propaganda to make the Turks look bad during WWI(saying there was an Armenian genocide created by the Turkish people). He also said that The Armenians have made it all up to get land and money from the Turkish govt.
In a letter responding to Salon in 1999 he wrote again saying there was no Armenian genocide and how a Salon article got it all wrong: http://www.salon.com/1999/06/16/punk_2/
Cenk wrote again that there was no Armenia genocide on his The Young Turks website he had up from 1999-2003.
On Cenk’s website The Young Turks from 1999-2003 he had this post/writing, which he explained that there was no Armenian genocide and what really happened was a civil war: https://web.archive.org/web/20020907100730/http://www.youngturk.com/newpage15.htm
I Imagine he took this writing off of his website due to so many complaints after a year or more of being on Sirius radio. I guess it wasn’t good for business. It was probably seen as too political and too upsetting. He never apologized for this writing though. I guess he thought he could sweep that under the rug and enough people didn’t see it and he can move on/the show can move on.
An excerpt from the History Channel about the Armenian Genocide.
Here’s an article about the Armenian genocide by The History Channel: http://www.history.com/topics/armenian-genocide Here’s an excerpt from that article:
More information about The Young Turks causing the Armenian genocide is at this link:http://www.armenian-genocide.org/young_turks.html
Armenians protested Cenk Uygur in California in 2012.
In 2012 in San Diego California at a public political event The Armenian community were protesting Cenk Uygur, who was talking at the event. They were protesting him for what he wrote back in the 90s (his article in his university paper and his letter to Salon) and for the name of his show: http://asbarez.com/101017/armenians-protest-uygur-talk-at-democratic-convention/ He never apologized for what he wrote and said their families went through a tremendous amount of pain and mentioned a ‘historical situation’ Here’s a video showing it :.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzNhpD7U4-g Why couldn’t he have said, “I’m so sorry for what I wrote. I was all wrong. What happened was the Armenian genocide.” ?? For some odd reason he could not say the words Armenian genocide. ?? And he could not even acknowledge what he wrote to apologize. ? He also said the name of his show was not to offend the Armenian community. The Young Turks is the name of the political party who committed the Armenian genocide and Cenk is an Armenian genocide denier. Cenk chose that name way back when when he was a very adamant/brazen Armenian genocide denier and that makes the name far worse. Cenk promised to work with the Armenians to resolve this issue at a future time and never has. Why did he make them an empty promise? Cenk was acting like a polished politician.
The name The Young Turks.
The Young Turk(s) name/term has more than one meaning such as; A young Turk
Those progressive definitions comes from the original Young Turks who overthrew the Sultan and put in progressive changes, which I’m sure Cenk Uygur knows that history very well. The second wave of The Young Turks did the Armenian genocide. The Greeks and Assyrians were massacred/went through an ethnic cleansing by The Young Turks also and some people call what happened to the Greeks and Assyrians were also genocides.
It’s terrible to have a show’s and network’s name be a name of the political party who caused a genocide of the Armenians while Cenk is a public Armenian genocide denier (despite the progressive and rebel definition(s)). Cenk knew the name offends/upsets Armenians (for an obvious reason!). That would be like a holocaust denier naming his show and network the Nazis and saying, “Nazis has more than one definition. Our definition just means strict and the Jews have got to get over the name already (as this holocaust denier supports holocaust denying organizations).”
Cenk chose the name originally for his public cable access show in the mid 9os called The Young Turk show while being a conservative, so the progressive definition didn’t fit at all. He chose the name again the Young Turks for his website in 1999 and for his Sirius radio show in 2002 and on and on. Cenk has said that the Armenians have got to get over the name already and the definition is great, cause of it’s rebel and progressive definition(s). He’s basically said the Armenians are stupid to not get this. They’re supposed to ignore that he’s an Armenian genocide denier while choosing and having the name The Young Turks for his show and network. They’re even supposed to ignore how Cenk went on to support Turkish American organizations, which vehemently deny the Armenian genocide and make sure it’s not taught anywhere. Could you imagine a holocaust denier who supported holocaust denying organizations naming his show and network the Nazis? Even if he said “Nazis just means strict.”?? I don’t think that would fly very well at all. The name the Young Turks should have been ruined forever when The Young Turks in history killed 3 million people in a genocide and ethnic cleansing of other ethnicities.
by the ‘name’ of Jeebus said, “He does not actually acknowledge the genocide in the article or the companion video, he merely states that Turkey denies it and that countries have “different versions of history” as part of an argument that Iran denying the holocaust is not a danger.”
Rationalwiki.org has good information about Cenk Uygur’s and Ana Kasparians’s and The Young Turks shiftiness about the Armenian genoicde: http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/The_Young_Turks I have an excerpt from them which says,
Armenian Genocide shiftiness
“Cenk Uygur, who is Turkish-American, has flirted with Armenian Genocide denial in 1991 and 1999, something that the Armenian-American community protested over as recently as 2012.Which isn’t that damn surprising considering he named the show after the the Turkish regime which orchestrated the ethnic cleansing of 1.5 million Armenians in WWI. Cenk claims that the show’s title is from the dictionary definition meaning “young progressives looking to overthrow an established system,” though he did not directly address his past writings.
In 2009, Cenk and his co-host Ana Kasparian (Armenian-American herself) appeared side by side on RT discussing Turkish-Armenian reconciliation, with Kasparian expressing support for the idea that Turkey should reconsider the genocide. Kasparian later defended Cenk on Twitter, saying “that op-ed is from 11 years ago” and that “people change their political opinions all the time.”
In 2015, on the 100th anniversary of the atrocity, The Young Turks once again refused to broach the Armenian Genocide. They chose instead to talk about such pertinent topics as “Popeye’s offers pregnant woman her job back” as well as “Hot new restaurant features half-naked men as their special.” However, Kasparian did dedicate a video about it on her channel, as did TYT affiliate Kyle Kulinski of Secular Talk. Cenk himself had no part in those aforementioned videos since he was in another state at the time.
A year later on April 1st, 2016, while discussing racial appropriation on the show, Kasparian mentioned the Armenian Genocide in Cenk’s presence, though he didn’t comment on it nor did he seem upset by the discussion. Just two days before the 101st anniversary, Cenk posted a retraction of “the statements I made in my Daily Pennsylvanian article from 1991,” as well as “the statements I made in a letter to the editor I wrote in 1999 on the same issue,” formally retracting his earlier denial. Regarding his silence on the topic throughout the years, Cenk has said that “I am going to refrain from commenting on the topic of the Armenian Genocide, which I do not know nearly enough about.“
Over a month later, Ana Kasparian aired an entire segment on TYT regarding the topic when the German parliament voted on recognizing the Armenian Genocide. The video itself even went so far as including graphic images of the event, with Kasparian repeatedly and formally denouncing the genocide.
Sansu the Cat’s blog post titled “The Armenian genocide is Undeniable.”
Sansu the Cat has an excellent blog post titled, “The Armenian Genocide is Undeniable” and he writes about Cenk Uygur’s stance on it, the offensive name of his show and even Ana Kasparian in this controversy. I urge people to read this. http://sansuthecat.blogspot.com/2015/06/the-armenian-genocide-is-undeniable.html
I’ll give an excerpt of this blog post, “This state of denial has even seeped into the workings of our news networks. One such network is called “The Young Turks.” Read that again. There’s a news organization named after the racist murderers that organized the genocide. That would be the equivalent of naming your news network “The Nazis” or “The Khmer Rouge”. The name is also problematic because it obscures history. When the word “Young Turks” comes up in the minds of people these days, they’ll think not of the perpetrators of genocide, but of a progressive news show. The head on this news network is Cenk Uygur, a former anchor for MSNBC. Uygur is Turkish and unfortunately swallows his nation’s propaganda. In a piece for The Daily Pennsylvanian, he stated, “If the history of the period is examined it becomes evident that in fact no such genocide took place.” By the way, he cites Bernard Lewis in the article. In a letter to the editor of Salon (before it became obsessed with white male syndromes), Uygur shamelessly pleads, “Why is it assumed that the “Turkish studies side” has the burden of proof in overturning the verdict of Turkish guilt?” It isn’t enough for Uygur to trivialize the holocaust of nearly 1.5 million Armenians, but he must also run over the corpses by proudly bearing the name of those who brought out the extermination. One of Uygur’s defenses against this disgusting name is the claim that in the dictionary “Young Turk” means “young progressives looking to overthrow an established system.” This atrocious explanation shows that either Uygur knew little about the context behind that word (which is unlikely) or the fact that since he uses the word differently, that it suddenly erases its hurtful history. You know, if you look up “Nazi” in the dictionary, you’ll find that it means “National Socialist.” Should socialists then start calling themselves “Nazis”? I rest my case. The real paradox here is Ana Kasparian, co-host of The Young Turks and a good friend of Uygur. Not only is Kasparian an Armenian, but she also accepts that truth of the genocide. She made a video called “Remembering The Armenian Genocide”, in which she explicitly says, “And for anyone who denies this occurred, I would please beg them to put their own biases aside, research this, look into the nuances, and understand what happened to my community over a hundred years ago.” I don’t know how Kasparian came onto a show called “The Young Turks”, knowing all of this, or why she refuses to publicly raise the issue on the program. There are probably many personal disagreements between Uygur and Kasparian behind the scenes, but it’s clear that Uygur is winning. The Young Turks did virtually no coverage of the genocide’s 100th anniversary. The only thing Armenian-related they covered was Kim Kardashian, who, ironically enough, has asked Obama to recognize the genocide. Though of course, that part the story wasn’t covered. Better yet, Uygur can trot out Kasparian as his “one Armenian friend” to defend him from accusations of racism, of which he is most guilty.”
The evidence of Cenk Uygur publicly supporting the Turkish Coalition of America (TCA) and they vehemently deny the Armenian genocide and don’t want it taught anywhere. Here’s a link that is striking: http://www.mndaily.com/2011/03/30/judge-dismissed-blacklist-case-against-uHere . Here’s another link:(http://armenianweekly.com/2011/01/10/critical-thinking-or-genocide-denial-tca-vs-u-of-minn/) Here’s a link showing Cenk’s support: http://www.tc-america.org/news-events/events/tca-turkish-american-youth-leadership-congress-concludes-930.htm. In 2014 Cenk publicly supported TCA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7slE7LXSiTc From what I can gather as to date it still looks like Cenk supports TCA. Cenk has also supported and I believe still supports (I’m not 100% certain) the Assembly of Turkish Americans Associates (ATAA), which also vehemently denies the Armenian genocide and they do all they can to make sure it’s not taught anywhere. ATAA’s belief is that the Armenian genocide did not happen: http://www.ataa.org/reference/difference-fein.html . A link to Cenk’s support: http://www.ataa.org/nlc2012/. Cenk made a video in support of ATAA: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mS9Jrb5riP4.
I got information from Lalo Dagach on his Unsafe Speech website and the title of the article is Cenk Uygur, The Young Turks, And the denial of the Armenian genocide.
He found a gem. I’ll repeat it here for you. “Here is a statement from Aram Hamparian, Executive Director of the Armenian National Committee of America and what he has to say about Cenk Uygur and the show’s name: ”
“Denying a genocide, belittling its survivors, and then naming your political show after its perpetrators should be troubling not only to Armenian Americans but anyone concerned about human rights. Cenk Uygur not only did just this, but after hearing numerous concerns about the name of his show, went on to support two [01, 02] of the most virulent Armenian Genocide denying organizations (ATAAand TCA) in the country, both of which have, as primary objectives, denying the Armenian Genocide and preventing its teaching.”
I’ll give you a link to Lalo’s excellent article here: http://www.ora.tv/thelowdownwithlalo/article/2016/3/30/cenk-uygur-the-young-turks-and-the-denial-of-the-armenian-genocide
So Cenk’s denial of the Armenian genocide may also be due to being connected/ supporting these two Turkish American organizations (and maybe another). I’m sure many members of these organizations must fund The Young Turks. So, if that is true he is even getting paid to be an Armenian genocide denier.
I guess he thought/thinks it’s okay to deny the Armenian genocide, since not enough people know about it. Lately it looks like Ana and Cenk are upset that more people do know about it. It’s rather twisted that Ana and Cenk seem upset that more people know about the Armenian genocide, cause they dont like the criticism.
I guess Cenk may also have ‘good reasons’ to be a public Armenian genocide denier, cause he doesn’t want the Turkish govt hassling him, he doesn’t want to upset his Turkish people, he doesn’t want to upset his own family, he doesn’t want to upset Turkish nationalists and he must get a lot out of being connected to these two Turkish American organizations and possibly another Turkish American organization (politics 101). He must have gotten great business connections supporting these organizations and the people in these organizations must fun TYT . I guess Ana Kasparian has turned a blind eye or just doesn’t care. She says she wants the Armenian genocide recognized and yet she doesn’t care at all that Cenk is a public Armenian genocide denier and has and is most likely still supporting such organizations, which does all they can to make sure her people’s genocide is not taught. ?? Ana’s disconnect is really bizarre. ??? Cenk supporting those (he must still support them now) organizations really stunned me the most out of all of this stuff (it’s so telling).
Cenk rescinded what he wrote in the 90s on TYT Network website on April 22, 2016
Wow, this was a huge step for Cenk considering that he has never acknowledged what he has written publicly before for so many years. It’s stunning that he has rescinded what he wrote, yet him saying, “My mistake at the time was confusing myself for a scholar of history, which I most certainly am not. I don’t want to make the same mistake again, so I am going to refrain from commenting on the topic of the Armenian Genocide, which I do not know nearly enough about” was a weird twist. This last sentence has got Cenk into a lot of hot water, since people were taken aback about how he wont comment on the TOPIC of the Armenian genocide, which makes it look like Cenk doesn’t know if the Armenian genocide happened or not. It’s like he was trying to weasel his way out of this controversy by trying to be clever and say his half ass odd apology to the Armenians (and many others) and then to not upset Turkish people and also sticking to his belief really that there was no Armenian genocide even though he was claiming ignorance. He made it seem like at first that he’s changed so much and he’s grown and then yet he STILL doesn’t acknowledge the Armenian genocide happened. Others were so happy he rescinded what he wrote back then and thought he was truly apologizing and that he does believe the Armenian genocide happened. He was very tricky/crafty with that statement and he did all he could to fool people (he does know so many people suffered and died). What’s also weird was that Ana Kasparian tweeted this out and this never made it to Cenk’s Twitter and facebook page (to date not on Ana’s facebook page either). Also this was not on TYT‘s Twitter and Facebook page. ? So it looks like Cenk just wanted to do this for certain critics and not show this to everyone. And it’s interesting that Ana had to tweet this and not Cenk himself. And what’s really interesting is how Cenk couldn’t acknowledge what he wrote and take back what he wrote in front of Armenians who were protesting him in San Diego in 2012 at a public political event. What’s also very interesting about all of this is how Cenk, Ana and everyone at TYT didn’t care about just the Armenians complaining and only took notice when so many other people who aren’t Armenian were complaining. That is very telling.