from the try-again-please dept
"There is now a menace which is called Twitter," Erdogan said. "The best examples of lies can be found there. To me, social media is the worst menace to society."If you wanted to demonstrate just how out of touch you are, and how in denial you are to complaints from the public, I'd have trouble thinking of a much better way to express it than those statements right there. It's certainly not going to stop the anger and the protests. No one is hanging out near Taksim Square hearing that, and saying, "oh, gee, I guess it's time to go home now."
Mocking the tool that people are using to communicate and to organize is a strategy that's never going to succeed, and can only serve to make things worse. It also makes clear how out of control the situation really is. When things are under control you don't make statements like that one, which simply demonstrate a Prime Minister in denial.