Mickoski Spins: Vote for VMRO-DPMNE, and We Will Tell You Who Helped Gruevski Escape
VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski aims at creating an impression on the public that he knows! But in order to say it, they need to come to power. Only then will they open an investigation and tell whoever helped Gruevski, leaving room for confirmation of public speculation that Gruevski’s escape was arranged by the political elites
Author: Teofil Blaževski
Hristijan Mickoski during a TV interview issued a statement containing a distortion of the truth, i.e. spin:
Spin: (When we form a government) We will announce with fanfare who helped him get there (in Budapest). We will open an investigation and inform the public who helped him.
[Source: Alsat-M/Ekonomski Magazin/Mickoski Interview (49.50-50.40 min), Date: 15. January, 2020]
VMRO-DPMNE leader Hristijan Mickoski used a manipulative spin technique during a TV interview to influence the public about his party’s relationship with his future executive and legislative power over a very sensitive issue – the escape of former Prime Minister, Nikola Gruevski.
Asked directly if they come to power, will they welcome Gruevski from Budapest with fanfare, Mickoski claims they will announce with fanfare who helped him escape. After the initial strong impression that he was blackmailing the public in a sense – vote for us and we will tell you who helped him escape – Mickoski retorts a little and goes back to the rule of law, explaining that (the future VMRO-DPMNE government), will open an investigation and clarify this sensitive issue, informing the public “about the ones that helped” Gruevski escape.
The spin consists of twisting the truth, which is multifaceted. First, Mickoski derives from the well-known fact that Gruevski could have not escaped alone. So far this has been officially and publicly confirmed, as has been confirmed by foreign leaders that on the road from Macedonia to Hungary, through Albania, Montenegro and Serbia, he was directly assisted by Hungarians, possibly intelligence officers from that country. What is not known is who helped him in the preparations and in the hours after Gruevski disbanded the security (which, according to Oliver Spasovski, was “personal and on-call”), explaining that he would not need their services over the weekend.
Mickovski then proceeds from the fact that the current investigation, which is still open, has found no fault in persons and institutions bearing criminal responsibility (the latest statement from the prosecution), as well as the knowledge that there were numerous rumors that the escape may have been arranged by persons from the executive power led by SDSM.
Mickoski distorts the truth and spins, by mixing these last two facts: When we come to power we will announce who helped Gruevski escape to Budapest, and we will do so after we open an investigation.
The spin is clear Mickoski aims to create an impression on the public that he knows! But in order to say it, they need to come to power. Only then will they open an investigation and tell who indeed helped Gruevski, leaving room for confirmation of public speculation that Gruevski’s escape was arranged by political elites.
Mickoski, unless he has certain facts that he hides from the open investigation, cannot know whether he will be able to announce who helped Gruevski escape. It will depend on establishing the facts in the investigation. The investigation is still open. Let us suppose that if they come to power and succeed in appointing new people to the prosecution in order to “push” the open investigation, Mickoski again cannot know for sure whether that investigation will bear fruit and disclose who helped with the escape.
In other words, (again, provided he does not have facts that he hides from the open investigation), Mickoski manipulates, i.e. spins, in order to convince the public that VMRO-DPMNE will find out who helped Gruevski escape, but for that to happen, voters need to entrust the governing power to this party! In addition, this spin should also serve to create a perception that VMRO-DPMNE and Hristijan Mickoski are already completely distanced from Nikola Gruevski as a person, and from the “Gruevism”, which as a term has gained a deserved place in the vocabulary of this generation of citizens.