Final Word from Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Does political analyst Lukáš Jelínek consult on his articles in Právo with Bison & Rose public-relations agency? Or is he merely inspired by its work? These are legitimate questions after Jelínek wrote in today's Právo that the ongoing hacker attack against Bohuslav Sobotka looks like a "timid attempt at a coup." This is the kind of language that Bison & Rose likes to use to defend its clients, as we wrote in the Final Word in Dec. 2014. It was Bohuslav Sobotka who, under the influence of the PR agency, first spoke about a "putsch with all the trimmings" after a group of ČSSD politicians conspired with Miloš Zeman in Oct. 2013 to try to oust him. Then CEO Petr Dvořák of Czech TV, also a Bison & Rose client, lashed out at disgruntled reporters by calling their petition a "putsch." Now Jelínek has used a similar expression, just days after the hacked emails indicate that he is much closer to the ČSSD power structure than officially acknowledged. In other words, if there is indeed a "creeping coup" taking place, he is among those who stand to be toppled. [Czech Republic White Media Television]

Glossary of difficult words

timid - showing a lack of courage or confidence; easily frightened; cowardly;

trimmings - the traditional accompaniments to something, esp. a meal or special occasion;

to oust - to drive out or expel from a position or place;

to lash out at - to attack verbally;

disgruntled - angry or dissatisfied;

creeping - taking place in a slow and careful way, esp. in order to avoid being heard or noticed;

to topple - to cause to lose balance and to come down; to overturn.

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