Final Word from Wednesday, January 20, 2016

When Andrej Babiš wants to divert attention from an uncomfortable fact, he gets aggressive and screams liar, liar, pants on fire. When Bohuslav Sobotka has egg on his face, he calmly changes the topic by making a false analogy. What happened to him in the hacker attack, he told Deník, could happen to anyone. "Just think of how many people use Seznam's email service." Well, yes, but why is the PM using Seznam in the first place? And who is interested in its other 8m accounts? When MFD drew uncomfortable conclusions about Milan Chovanec's plan to throttle the internet, Sobotka changed the subject to Babiš's ownership of the press. The last time the media were connected to a political party was before 1989, he said. Oh? What about Haló noviny (KSČM), Telegraf and Super (ODS), and Právo (ČSSD)? Or is this perhaps what is bothering Sobotka? That Právo is no longer ČSSD's reliable house newspaper? It mentions Radek Pokorný and Bison & Rose as often as MFD does. Which surely must be the fault of Seznam, the paper's one-third owner. [Czech Republic Mladá fronta dnes Mafra Borgis Communist Party]

Glossary of difficult words

liar, liar, pants on fire - a phrase that children often scream at each other whenever they think the other is lying;

to throttle - to put controls on; to attack or kill someone by strangulation;

house - one's own; of or relating to a business, institution, or society.

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