Turkey’s President Conducts Interview Via FaceTime

Jul 15, 2016 at 7:09 PM ET

Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan was apparently caught by surprise by this Friday’s military coup. He was vacationing in the Turkish riviera when military forces made their move, blocking bridges in Istanbul and, according to multiple media reports, taking the country’s top-ranking general hostage. The military also seized control of state media and interfered with access to some social media services, like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Faced with few venues through which to speak to his countrymen, Ergodan used FaceTime to call into an independent TV channel and encourage citizens to take to the streets.

Perhaps ironically, Erdogan’s regime was characterized by intense hostility and distrust toward independent media.

The embattled statesman has vowed to fend off the coup.