Final Word from Thursday, June 19, 2014

We've been waiting for months for MP Martin Komárek of ANO to shout "Gotcha!" and to reveal in MFD that his entry into politics was another undercover sting operation by the newspaper that employed him for 28 years. When Komárek admitted recently that Andrej Babiš hadn't spoken to him in months, we thought perhaps Babiš was on to him. Alas, Komárek's performance last night on Hyde Park dampened any hopes of a tell-all article. The mere fact that he was invited suggests that a deal has been made on the level of the Six Families and that Petr Dvořák can now feel secure in his position as CEO of Czech TV. Komárek's repeated paeans last night to Babiš also demonstrated that the cult of personality guides even those who are on the outs with the personality. Maybe there is still a small ray of hope: Did Komárek praise the editors-in-chief of MFD and LN last night as being "guarantors of journalistic freedom and purity" because that is the Anofert line, or perhaps because he still has delusions that MFD will print his undercover exposé? [Czech Republic MF Dnes Lidové noviny Sabina Slonková István Léko Television Five Families]

Glossary of difficult words

Gotcha! - I have got you (used to express satisfaction at having caught or defeated someone or uncovered his or her faults);

to be on to someone - to understand someone and his or her hidden motives;

to dampen - to make less strong or intense;

tell-all - revealing private or controversial details;

paean - a song of praise or triumph;

to be on the outs with someone - to be in disagreement or dispute with someone;

Anofert - a combination of ANO and Agrofert;

exposé - a journalistic report that reveals something scandalous.


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