TED TURNER APOLOGIZES TO ADL FOR 'OFFENSIVE' COMMENT
New York, NY, October 2, 1996...Ted Turner has apologized to the Anti-Defamation
League (ADL) for comments he made recently comparing Rupert Murdoch to Hitler.
ADL had written to the CNN Chairman that such inapt analogies "trivialize
a profound historical tragedy," and should be avoided.
"I hope you and all those offended by this comment will accept my
deepest apology," wrote Mr. Turner in response to the letter from Abraham
H. Foxman, ADL National Director. The CNN Chairman said he realized his
choice of words was "unfortunate" and "offensive," and
he regretted the comment. Explaining his comparison "referred only
to the way Hitler managed the news in Germany," he assured ADL "it
was not intended to offend nor to trivialize the role of an individual who
wreaked so much havoc upon the Jewish people."
The New York Post had reported last week that Mr. Turner referred to News
Corporation Chairman Murdoch as being "like the late Fuhrer."
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.