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Chest-thumping pundits relish 'messing with Putin'

Jubilant reactions by pro-AKP pundits to Turkey downing a Russian jet were tempered by those of concerned AKP elites and a worried and satirical public.

On Nov. 24, Turkey shot down a Russian Su-24 fighter jet. Across Turkey, the instantaneous reactions on social media included the exuberant, the sober yet accusatory and the satirical.

Perhaps the most surprising were pro-AKP pundits' joyful and gloating responses. They appeared reckless and gleeful in the face of a crisis situation. Some of their social media posts were carried by the mainstream print press.

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