Factory comes up with new manipulation: Image of Czech PM replaced with one of PeevskiMonitor News Agency
It would seem that the scorching heat of the past few days has caused the brains of the “journalists” writing for the grant-funded publications of the oligarchy in Bulgaria to completely turn into mush. Their mirages are starting to take on extremely wild dimensions (a trademark of Ognyan Stefanov, aka agent Academician from the former State Security, and his website Frognews). Moreover, lawmaker of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) and Telegraph Media publisher Delyan Peevski has become a veritable fata morgana for them, an omnipresent vision.
For example, on Sunday the website Offnews, which has received several hundred thousand levs from foreign foundations despite its low popularity and is affiliated with the Capital circle, ran the latest clumsily patched-up manipulation aimed at lumping Peevski with the oligarchy. The publication copy-pasted a Deutsche Welle opinion piece entitled “Blame eastern Europe's oligarchs on EU cash”, in which the German journalist of Hungarian ancestry Boris Kalnoky describes the situation in the Czech Republic and Hungary, how the Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and the businessmen in Hungarian PM Viktor Orban’s inner circle amassed their fortune.
Even though there is no mention of Bulgaria, let alone Peevski, in the article, the image of the MRF lawmaker suddenly pops up in Frognews under the same title (and text) in place of the photo of Andrej Babiš from the original Deutsche Welle piece. Of course, it is all because of the presence of the word “oligarch” in the title, in which the Bulgarian behind-the-scenes clique surely saw yet another opportunity to involve Peevski’s name.
This is how the Fake News Factory operates. This example is emblematic of the way the behind-the-scenes clique’s media spreads insinuations. Following a simple model with dogged determination on a daily basis, these publications brainwash their readers. How many people will go to the trouble of reading the article, which has no mention of Peevski – not many, to be sure – but everyone is bound to read the headline and see the photo. This is the ugliest form of propaganda. It does not care about the truth or morals, not to mention journalistic standards.
This fixation on Peevski exhibited by local businessmen who acquired their assets illegally during Bulgaria’s transition to democracy and by their media mouthpieces is nothing new. It is also well-known that, for years, their Goebbels-type propaganda has been working to blame him for every sin under the sun, following the principle “repeat a lie often enough and it becomes the truth”.
Of course, it is obvious why Peevski would be a thorn in the side of people like Ivo Prokopiev, Tsvetan Vassilev, Sasho Donchev and Ognyan Donev, seeing as his newspapers Telegraph and Monitor have no intention of ever giving up their quest to expose those people’s shady deals and incriminate those responsible for the defrauding of Bulgarian citizens.
The country’s oligarchs are also extremely irked by the fact that unlike the “prominent investor” Prokopiev, who got hundreds of millions of levs illegally (as established by the Anti-Corruption Commission for Illegal Assets Forfeiture), Delyan Peevski discloses all of his property, as obligated by the law in his capacity as an MP. And despite the endless stream of fake news and reports against him being concocted by the Capital circle, which have led to more than one inspection by the authorities, Peevski has never violated the law and is an impeccable taxpayer.
This is why the Fake News Factory is working hard to churn out fake news, even as its talking points about the “oligarch” Peevski have no chance of achieving their goal, no matter how far-fetched the falsehoods and fabrications get. Readers know very well who the real oligarchs in Bulgaria are and why people have little trust in the media outlets that those shady figures finance. Contrary to that, Telegraph is and will continue to be the newspaper with the largest readership in the country – because it deals only with the truth and leaves patched-up manipulations and plastering irrelevant photos to sensationalist headlines to the behind-the-scenes clique. These latest communist-era secret service tricks perfectly suit their authors.