ADL: Ted Turner Hasn´t Learned From His Mistakes (ADL-ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE) New York 01/26/05)
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New York, NY, January 26, 2005 … Reacting to Ted Turner´s latest
remark invoking Hitler and the Holocaust to attack a media rival, the
Anti-Defamation League (ADL) called Mr. Turner "a recidivist who
hasn´t learned from his past mistakes." According to reports, Mr.
Turner this week lashed out at Fox News, telling an audience of
programming executives in Las Vegas that the network´s popularity
among Americans has similarities to Hitler´s rise to power in prewar
"Once again, Ted Turner can´t seem to learn his lesson," said Abraham
H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "You tell him it´s wrong, it´s
offensive, it´s inappropriate, it´s degrading to the memory of the
six million. He apologizes – then does it again. He´s a recidivist
who hasn´t learned from his past mistakes. Well, Mr. Turner,
apologies are good, but learning from your mistakes is better."
In 1995, the League criticized a similarly offensive remark by Mr.
Turner when the then-CNN Chairman stated his inability to buy a
network made him feel like "those Jewish people in Germany in 1942."
Mr. Turner apologized, saying he realized the remark
was "thoughtless" and "insensitive."
In September 1996, ADL again wrote to Mr. Turner after he compared
Rupert Murdoch to "the late Fuhrer." Mr. Turner responded with
another letter of apology, saying that, "I know full-well the extent
of horror the Nazis imposed upon the world. I sincerely regret the
ill-chosen comparison which offended a group of people for whom I
have the deepest respect." (© 2003 Anti-Defamation League 01/26/05)
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