I’ve watched the CBS 60 Minutes “Battle over History” broadcast on February 28. Starting from the short video clip posted on the CBS website, to the allocated time to Armenian vs. Turkish sides, and to the presenter, who twice rudely interrupted then-Ambassador Nabi Sensoy, the report was completely biased, unfair and one-sided.
It is very disappointing to see CBS taking sides and being a part of a disputed and controversial issue without giving an equal chance to the Turkish side.
This program being broadcast on a national TV would spur a historical allegation of “Armenian genocide” that has not been historically or legally substantiated to this date. As such, it is not only without foundation, it is also inconsiderate, to the extent that it also defames Turkish-Americans as alleged genocide perpetrators.
Numerous American and international scholars, all experts in the history of the Ottoman Empire, including Holocaust survivors, dispute Armenian allegations, leading to the conclusion that although Armenian civilian losses during World War I were tragic, the events of 1915 were not tantamount to genocide. Armenians did not suffer alone, millions of Turks, Azeris, Kurds, Jews, Circassians, Persians also lost their lives during the same period from similar causes, including massacres by Armenian rebel bands.
This program is only fostering hatred, intolerance and constructive prevent dialogue among the many ethnic communities represented in the US. The 60 Minutes broadcast is fostering controversy and tensions, and will create problems in schools between children.
Ultimately, the message is clear: history ought not to be legislated or trusted to one ethnic historian, such as Peter Balakian. Only through genuine dialogue and work of a historical commission can Turks and Armenians reconcile their diametrically opposed narratives in a mutually acceptable manner.
In light of the above, I would respectfully urge you to correct such extremely biased reporting, to NOT syndicate the program, not re-air it, not place on your website. At the same time, I ask that you prepare an equally long program featuring Turkish historians and side of story to correct the unfortunate bias of the “Battle over history”.