Anne-Marie Slaughter was, until last year, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s director of policy planning. Today, Today’s Zaman, a Turkish newspaper affiliated with the Islamist cult of Fethullah Gülen, broadcasts her endorsement of the conspiratorial broadsheet:
“I love Today’s Zaman,” said Anne-Marie Slaughter, a Princeton professor who is also in U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s team of foreign policy advisers. Her hailing of the newspaper illustrated a prevailing positive reception for the young news outlet in many capitals of the West and that it is swiftly becoming a must-read paper for the policy community and state mandarins.
While the Gülenists say they promote tolerance and dialogue, their record is quite opposite. Many see Gülen’s hand behind the unprecedented crackdown on journalists and the free press in Turkey. That a former top aide to Clinton embraces a propaganda outlet like Zaman is a slap to the several dozen Turkish journalists now in prison and those who seek democracy and liberalism inside Turkey. It also reflects the uncritical embrace of political Islamism within the Obama administration and the State Department.