The Young Turks...From an Armenian's Perspective.
There's nothing like getting threatening and hateful emails from my Armenian counterparts. My absolute favorite emails include those that pose the question, "How can you work for the people who orchestrated the Armenian Genocide?"
Here's the thing, I have not let one angry Armenian email go unanswered. But my fingers are sore from writing back to those who have never watched or listened to "The Young Turks," and just assume we promote hate and genocide on the radio. Do you really think the FCC would permit something like that on national airwaves? Let's be realistic here!
Here is my advice to you: It's usually a good idea to do your research before accusing someone of anything offensive. But in this case I can understand how a name like "The Young Turks" can turn Armenians off to the show. I was raised like most traditional Armenian girls. I read Armenian, write Armenian, speak Armenian, cook, dance, and BREATHE Armenian every single day. I don't need a long explanation of what happened to the Armenians in 1915. I know about the Genocide, I don't support those who deny it, and I'm not a "self-hating moron," as some of my fine Armenian friends have claimed.
The truth is, The Young Turks is an awesome political commentary show on Air America Radio. Discussion about the Armenian Genocide is rare, and even in that case the show doesn't talk about denying how the genocide happened. We spend our time bashing the Bush Administration, talking about the latest in entertainment, and we even dabble with offbeat news...not Armenians. We talk about contemporary politics, and have a damn good time doing it!
This is my career and I make the decisions. "I'm the decision maker." (Bush, 2007) So stop hating, and do your homework on the show!
If Cenk ever said something offensive about Armenians or the genocide, I wouldn't be working for The Young Turks. The fact of the matter is, Cenk doesn't have anything negative to say about Armenians. He hired me, Anahit Misak Kasparian, and treats me with respect. That's all that matters.
I love listener feedback, but I don't love reading messages from people who are so blinded by their own pride that they can't look past the name of a show. Watch or listen to the show, and if you still think we promote hate toward the Armenians, shoot me an email. I would love to read it!