DW dreams of bringing Peevski into absurdist play

Delyan Peevski

The Bulgarian desk of Deutsche Welle has stretched it too far. In a bid to lug the name of the lawmaker and publisher of Telegraph Media to every possible situation smacking of a scandal the DW has tried a little too hard.

Another proof to that is a commentary by political scientist and jack of all trades of the grant-funded Center for Liberal Strategies Daniel Smilov. The literary exercise of Smilov published on 3 May is titled “Houses, apartments, terraces: absurdity smacking of garlic”. So far so good. Apparently Smilov is elaborating on the notorious ApartmentGate which rocked the country shortly before the Euro vote. The case which Peevski has nothing to do with (no matter how much some people want to involve him in it). We are convinced that the oligarchs and their media outlets have ransacked the property registries from A to Z in the hope to lug the name of Peevski to some cheap apartment. Alas, the available documents keep information only on the mafia-style privatization of Kaolin or Sofarma purchased ‘on a friendly basis’ and a long list of other shady deals but not a word about Peevski and cheap real estates. And this is a fact that makes even manufacturers of fake news shut up.  That is why a bench jokey like Daniel Smilov has resorted to letters. In his purportedly in-depth analytical commentary Smilov is trying to dazzle the readers with an assertion that the election campaign kicked off like a paly of absurdist theater. And quotes two names iconic in this genre – Eugene Ionesco and Samuel Beckett. Wow, are you serious, Smilov?  We must admit, it is terribly intellectual-like, these are the authors difficult to read and understand and maybe it sounds very sophisticated in a grant-dependent society to incidentally drop their names during small talk.

Smilov himself is trying to pose as something like a writer of drama and reproduces an imaginary dialogue between GERB and BSP in his article. Reading through this absurdist analysis the reader feels genuinely amazed – how a simple-minded person like Smilov who has no particular talents managed to find a cozy place at the feedbox full of grants. Well, people why don’t you at least try to be pickier when choosing your mouthpieces who promote your talking points, because we’d sooner live to see Godo than fathom the mystery of Smilov’s writings.

What does Peevski has to do with ApartmentGate, Samuel Beckett, Ionesco, GERB, BSP or guest houses? Nothing, of course. Even Smilov himself is aware of it. Nevertheless, at the end of his nonsensical text he, without rhyme or reason, makes a conclusion: “Whatever happens, however, one thing is sure now, Peevski will be elected.” It doesn’t hang together but who cares. Absurd as absurdity itself, Smilov obviously has never read anything by Ionesco apart from an article about him in Wikipedia. The name of Peevski is simply lugged to this pseudo-analysis, as a tag including, so that when one types in ‘ApartmentGate’ in Google the search engine will give out his name.          

With the same result the DW may lug the name of Peevski to any bad news. For instance, the outbreak of measles in the region of Blagoevgrad or financial problems at the University of National and World Economy.

Very smart. But no one would rise to the bait. That is why in DW they are just as much ‘loved’ as the Helsinki Committee is. In the opinion of such organisations, which are financed from external sources (one can hardly call the Bulgarian desk of DW a media outlet) the indicted killers are heavenly angels while facts mean nothing. This explains why their rating of approval is so low. But the grant-funded organisations do not care about ratings, what they really care about are the cash flows, so why bothering about them.

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