Monday, June 23, 2008

Turks Pull a Ron Paul With Online Poll

The Ron Paulbots would be proud of this one since hijacking online polls was the hallmark of Paul's campaign. As if some obscure Islamic Turk would be voted the world's top intellectual.
A hitherto largely unknown Turkish Islamic scholar, Fethullah Gülen, has been voted the world's top intellectual in a poll to find the leading 100 thinkers.

Gülen, the author of more than 60 books, won a landslide triumph after the survey - which is organised by the British magazine, Prospect, and Foreign Policy, a US publication - attracted more than 500,000 votes.

The top 10 individuals were all Muslim and included two Nobel laureates, the novelist Orhan Pamuk, who is also Turkish, at No 4, and the Iranian human rights lawyer Shirin Ebadi, in 10th.

The result surprised organisers, who attributed it to a sustained campaign by Gülen's followers, known as the Gülen Movement, after Turkey's biggest-selling newspaper, Zaman, publicised the poll.

Prospect's editor, David Goohart, admitted to not having previously heard of Gülen and said his supporters had "made a mockery" of the poll.
Naturally, despite the obvious spamming of the poll, the true believers will use this as evidence that Muslims are the world's supreme intellectuals.
A Gülen supporter, Bulent Kenes, who is editor-in-chief of Today's Zaman newspaper, denied the poll had been hijacked. "There are many people who promote Gülen's ideas, which contribute to world peace by urging international dialogue and tolerance."

Update: Sweetness & Light has more, including the requisite George Soros conection (H/T Hot Air).

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