Distorted: The author groundlessly tortures the readers with his bold claims such as; even before the failed military coup, Turkey’s President Erdogan governed like a dictator who had the last word on all state matters. The botched coup was nothing but, as he put it, “a gift from God” to purge what is left of Turkey’s democracy and cleanse the army and judiciary in order to ensure the total subordination of all institutions to his whims.
Factual: Erdoğan did not cleanse the army and judiciary for his whims, Turkish security institutions (Police, anti-coup soldiers, MIT) and the other political parties exhibited common stance to dispel coup plotters. You can see this common stance in the “Yenikapi Meeting”. Link to the news of Yenikapi meeting: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/07/turkish-authorities-hold-anti-coup-rally-in-istanbul Erdoğan did not want to promote his Islamic agenda. If he wanted this and if he was a dictator as Huffington post said he would have already promoted his Islamic agenda. Because nearly for 15 years his party in the power but Turkey is still under the secular constitution.