Wikipedia flooded with fake news about Peevski
The goal is clear - to use one of the most popular internet sources of information for an even greater hit against the lawmaker
8 March, 2018
The Fake News Factory created by the oligarchy has built a neat system for inundating Wikipedia with slandering information about our publisher, MRF lawmaker Delyan Peevski. As we have cautioned several times, its mentors - the indicted criminal leaders posturing as publishers Ivo Prokopiev and Ognyan Donev, as well as Sasho Donchev and fugitive banker Tsvetan Vassilev - have put their pawns and paid town criers to guard both the entry and exit points of the news flow in an attempt to privatise and monopolise public opinion. This way, every single fake news produced by the people spreading their talking points and subsequently turned into an article in some media outlet in Bulgaria, and often abroad, is promptly added to the content of the so-called “free encyclopaedia”. The goal is clear - to use one of the most popular internet sources of information to step up the attack against Delyan Peevski. Anyone with registration in the website can write or edit articles in Wikipedia, as long as they cite sources. This condition ensures that the foundation behind Wikipedia would not be liable for slandering information. No one has the responsibility to check if those sources produce reliable information or fake news. This circumstance is being exploited by the libel factory's mentors who pay an army of freelancers, trained by grants-funded NGOs affiliated with the oligarchy, to use Wikipedia as an extension of the smear campaign against Peevski. Every time the Factory spews the latest talking point, to be later recycled through an article against him, the material is immediately cited as a source in the internet so that his “profile” in Wikipedia can be “expanded” with the latest fabricated news. Special attention is paid to articles against Peevski in English, as this is proving to be the shortest and most effective way of manipulating public opinion abroad. As a result, Peevski's Wikipedia biography is rife with false claims - that he owns over 20 newspapers and has a monopoly in newspaper distribution. These lies have been controverted hundreds of times with data from the country's commercial registers showing that he owns only six media outlets and absolutely no business interests in distribution. And yet, the misinformation continues to be out there simply because it has been supported with the requisite “sources”, always in the form of articles in the Fake News Factory media outlets, most often Dnevnik and Capital, or by journalists directly connected to Prokopiev's system for churning out lies. The very fact that the people editing Wikipedia's Peevski content are anonymous and hide behind pseudonyms is a clear indicator as to who is generating the fake news. The same people created the pages about Ivo Prokopiev and Tsvetan Vassilev, making out the former - who has been indicted in the EVN case - to be an important public figure, and the latter - who has been charged with the embezzlement of billions from CorpBank - the second most powerful man in the country. Filling Wikipedia with lies is among the main tactics used to supplement the Factory's traditional method of operation, which we have described multiple times. There are three scenarios. First, the flagship Capital formulates talking points under the guise of an “analysis”, and then the rest of the media outlets organise a series of articles laying out the same talking points as their own claims based on “personal sources”. Normally, this strategy is used when Prokopiev decides to link an arbitrary company to Peevski. It all starts with Capital alleging that company X is owned by Peevski, and then usually Mediapool copy-pastes this information, saying that “company X is believed to be affiliated with Peevski.” The second scenario is utilised when a particularly controversial allegation about Peevski needs to be lent some credence. In cases such as these, the order is reversed - one of the peripheral media outlets publishes a ridiculously sounding fabrication, like when Frognews wrote that Peevski travelled to Sudan to sell AK-47 assault rifles to terrorists because he coveted the state armaments plants). This obvious fabrication is used by the Factory's media outlets such as Dnevnik and Club Z, which, once enough anonymous internet articles have piled up, proceed to claim that “there are reports about Peevski being interested in the Military-Industrial Complex.” And so, once again, without real sources, the fake news is unleashed. The third mechanism is far easier to pull off as it uses the so-called “town criers”, or pretend experts deliberately touted by the Fake News Factory most of whom have once taken important public positions but are currently unemployed. No one knows how they make their living now, but they are frequently featured in the information channels embedded in the national media by Prokopiev and his clique. They are also frequently cited as sources, which is actually their main purpose - “talking heads” that appear in some TV studio or other and parrot the oligarchy's talking points, after which their words are quoted by the myriad websites in the Fake News factory. A classic example for fake news of the third variety is the latest manipulation about Delyan Peevski - that he had something to do with the CEZ deal. There is no such thing. There is not even circumstantial evidence that connects our publisher with any of the parties involved in the scheme. This forced the Factory to activate its deepest reserve on the roster - Tatyana Doncheva. Her negligible party has no political activity to speak of, and all of a sudden Doncheva switches to overdrive and gives her opinion as a political leader on the CEZ scandal, dragging Peevski's name into it. A day later, she was given another platform on bTV, paired with an extremely friendly TV host. On the programme, Tatyana Doncheva, without any supporting facts, spelled out what the Fake News Factory has been trying to hammer for days - that Peevski is behind the CEZ deal; that he even wants to buy a bank. The result was swift. Her slandering claim was immediately cited without a grain of salt by all open and secret members of the Face News Factory. It took only a day to distort reality. The top results of a Delyan Peevski Google search are now articles falsely alleging that our publisher is linked to the scandal - no arguments, no facts, no evidence, just a classical example of fake news.