Peevski in series of fake news items
The oligarchs are furious over the exposure of their shady deals and crimes
10 November, 2017
Our publisher MP Delyan Peevski has been made the target of a veritable media slander series by the Fake News Factory. The oligarchy’s media machine for manipulations seems to have started working on a quota system, producing several different stories per day in a desperate effort to malign its nemesis Peevski. Our newspapers Telegraph, Monitor, and Politika and the Monitor News Agency are constantly uncovering the crimes of the behind-the-scenes oligarchic clique created by former PM Ivan Kostov similar to the Fethullah Gulen model. We have dedicated a series of investigations, special editions and books to the shady deals of Tsvetan Vassilev, Ivo Prokopiev, Ognyan Donev, Grisha Ganchev, Sasho Donchev and their mentor Ivan Kostov. Furthermore, our publisher Delyan Peevski and his fellow MRF lawmakers Yordan Tsonev and Hamid Hamid recently introduced to parliament a bill aimed at stopping the secondary looting of assets acquired with CorpBank depositors’ money.
Rattled by the prospect of the “grey money flows” suddenly drying up, oligarchs such as Tsvetan Vassilev and Ivo Prokopiev put their media outlets to overtime work. What we collectively call the Fake News Factory is taking things a step further than the almost reflexive maligning of Peevski and is now devising fake news to serve several different scripts that are being run simultaneously.
For example, even before he was officially nominated for the position of minister of health, Kiril Ananiev was described as a “Peevski appointee” by the website of the former State Security agent Academician, Ognyan Stefanov. Not that there is an objective reason for the financier, who is an esteemed expert and has been part of the teams of several cabinets led by different parties, to be connected to the lawmaker. It is simply that the goal of Frognews is to earn the paycheck it gets from Tsvetan Vassilev in Belgrade, and so it rushes to sound the fake alarm that Peevski is trying to put his hand on the healthcare sector. Even if Yuri Gagarin were the nominee for minister of health, the Fake News Factory would have found a way to assert that he was sent in the outer space by Peevski because the space centre in Baikonur was owned by the lawmaker. It is hard for Tsvetan Vassilev and Ivo Prokopiev to accept the truth and they hate the fact that not only they cannot unearth some dubious deals struck by Peevski but the lawmaker himself is exposing their shady deals both through legislative action and his media outlets.
This is why another conspiracy theory was disseminated especially vigorously and without even waiting for the first one to settle in the news cycle. Donning the hat of a “respected analyst”, Ognyan Stefanov explained that Ahmed Dogan is planning to oust Borisov because of his increasingly close connection with Peevski. This has to be three fake news items in one salvo. First, Delyan Peevski, who is a member of a party in opposition, is being alleged to have some kind of relationship with the ruling coalition. Second, a non-existent conflict between the lawmaker and the honorary chairman of MRF is being described, while, thirdly, a scandal is being stoked between those in power and those in opposition. One is almost forced to seek the competent advice of a resident analyst such as Metodi Andreev, so he can obligingly repeat the same talking point and lend the fake news item some credence. All that this picture is missing is the former State Security agent Kolyo Paramov to come out and explain once more what a financial genius Tsvetan Vassilev is – the same banker who left a BGN 4.7bn hole in CorpBank’s books and fled to Belgrade with defrauded depositors’ money. As if that were not enough, the fervent apologist of Bulgaria’s Bernard Madoff was obviously instructed to spew falsehoods about Peevski’s media outlets and lie about us not publishing some letter he never sent us.