Does the Faculty of Arts professor Miha Kovač have it in his blood to lie, twist words, and mislead the Slovenian public on national television?

Miha Kovač v Odmevih na TV SLO 1. Foto: Printscreen

Miha Kovač, a professor at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana, spread lies about Janez Janša, the Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS), and Nova24TV on the Odmevi show while talking about comments regarding the Holocaust. It is a perfect example of “fake news” which had before been spread by most of the left-wing media as well as left-wing professors and commentators, who obviously do not use their own heads but form their views and opinions solely on the basis of carefully published false and misleading articles.

Miha Kovač, head of the Department of Library and Information Science and Book Studies at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana, stated on the Odmevi show that SDS had departed from right-wing views and bowed to the extreme right. “In Europe, denial of the Holocaust absolutely belongs to the extreme right. They did do this on their own television channel and not in congress. Saying that they are merely expressing their own opinion is absurd because the Holocaust is a fact and as such it is not a matter of opinion.”

Are they knowingly lying or performing their work negligently?
However, this is a complete lie. This has never been broadcast on Nova24TV, which is probably what Kovač meant with “their own television channel”, and it is utterly unprofessional that left-wing media and commentators have been spreading lies in recent weeks, claiming that Nova24TV even went a step or two further on the television show Sreda v sredo.

While interviewing the economist Bernard Brščič, former secretary of state in the cabinet of the prime minister of the Republic of Slovenia at the time of Janez Janša’s government (in 2012), Boris Cipot received the following statement: “The German nation is a victim of Jewish impositions and brainwashing through the so-called holocaustology. I ask you, what does my generation of German people have to do with the mark of Cain that is the genocide, the Holocaust. This is in fact a very perfidious plan of the Jews to close the German mind, create collective guilt, and plan for the loss of all that is inherently German, French, or English and form a multicultural dystopia.” However, in this case (the interview was published by Portal Plus), the claims in the media have been a complete lie because Nova24TV does not have a show called Sreda v sredo and does not employ Boris Cipot in any capacity. It is true that Cipot’s show is broadcast on some local television channels, but these have no connection to Nova24TV.

Of course, other media, including Siol.net, have seized upon this as well and repeated the lies. However, as already stated, this is a complete disgrace, a conscious spreading of lies by Siol, since Sreda v sredo is not broadcast on Nova24TV, so Bernard Brščič could not have stated this on this television channel.

They used Brščič to attack the credibility of Nova24TV
Not only are they lying about Nova24TV, but they are also generalising what Brščič actually meant. In the aforementioned broadcast, he merely argued his point that not all Germans can be collectively responsible for the crimes of the Nazis. The words he used were: “An even bigger sense of guilt is present among the Germans, not so much because of their colonial past but rather because of the forcible brainwashing in the last eight decades. The German nation is a victim of Jewish impositions and brainwashing through the so-called holocaustology. I ask you, what does my generation of German people have to do with the mark of Cain that is the genocide, the Holocaust. This is in fact a very perfidious plan of the Jews to close the German mind, create collective guilt, and plan for the loss of all that is inherently German, French, or English and form a multicultural dystopia. This multiculturalism does not work.” The left-wing media have only summarised a part of this response and accused him of denying the Holocaust, which he obviously did not do, and he himself explained this in the Reporter magazine.

Kovač firmly opposed Slovenian independence – and even the Slovenian national football team
Miha Kovač, whom we would expect to be fairly knowledgeable due to his doctoral title alone, only seems to believe the writing of the dominant left-wing media. And he is one of those whose writing did little to support Slovenia and its citizens when Slovenia was gaining its independence. In the months before Slovenia gained its independence, he did not fail to stress numerous times the negative consequences that independence could have for Slovenia.

His father was an important member of the communist party and the editor of Delo, who erased Janša from the newspaper overnight
Miha Kovač is the son of Božo Kovač, an official of the communist party and former editor of Delo, who knew how to skilfully manipulate the news. For example. during his time as an editor, Janez Janša was arrested. In Časopisna zgodovina novinarstva (Newspaper History of Journalism), Bernard Nežmah reveals that “the evening edition of Delo put the news of the arrest on its crime page, but in the morning edition of the following day on 1 June, the news was withdrawn, which happened when editor-in-chief Božo Kovač returned from the communist party conference in Beograd.

The truth: SDS introduced the Holocaust Remembrance Day while the Social Democrats (SD) reside in the villa that was stolen from the Jewish man Feliks Moskovič
Janez Janša, the champion of SDS, has already responded to Kovač’s accusations, reminding him on Twitter that it was SDS which introduced the Holocaust Remembrance Day in Slovenia. “It is denied by those living in villas that were stolen in concentration camps, stolen from Jews.” With this he wished to remind people that the seat of SD is in villa Moskovič on Levstikova street in Ljubljana. It was forcibly taken from Feliks Moskovič by the Communist Party after the war. They accused the dead man of collaborationism and confiscated his possessions. Delo writes (2010) that the confiscation was rescinded soon after the war and that in the end the villa became state-owned. Moskovič died in 1941 in Auschwitz after he and his family were deported by the Germans. Under the leadership of SDS, the government founded a commission for the return of confiscated Jewish possessions, and also requested that the Moskovič villa be returned to the Jewish Community of Slovenia. Who denied the request? The main opposition party – the Social Democrats.

Marjanca Scheicher