Pleven Socialists Cry out over Bulgaria's Portrayal in Report on CNN

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Bulgaria Pleven Socialists Cry out over Bulgaria's Portrayal in Report on CNN: Pleven Socialists Cry out over Bulgaria's Portrayal in Report on CNN The showing of a Roma-populated apartment building in an international TV report on Bulgaria has spurred protests by the local BSP organization in Pleven. Photo by BGNES

The district organization of the ruling Bulgarian Socialist Party in the northern city of Pleven, has issued a declaration denouncing what has been described as "biased portrayal" of Bulgaria in a TV report shown on CNN.

The report in question was prepared by the independent UK TV station ITN, and later aired on CNN. It was supposed to show the living conditions of Bulgarian households during the recent gas crisis caused by the cutoff of Russian natural gas supplies.

The TV report was shot in an apartment building on Totleben Street in Pleven, whose residents are mostly Roma families.

"The report paints an extremely grotesque picture, and our declaration stresses our disagreement and outright objection against the way in which the image of the city of Pleven is discredited", the Chair of the Pleven Section of the Bulgarian Socialist Party, Lyubomir Petkov, declared.
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xNELLIEx - 4 Feb 2009 // 06:13:36


Oh, the situation is realistic enough. One picture is worth a thousand words. Pleven socialists can cry all they want, it will not change anything.

DMG - 4 Feb 2009 // 05:50:12

I think this is a standard for some journalist's to stoop to this level to sell a story rather than portraying realistic situations.

Rollingstoned - 4 Feb 2009 // 00:42:17

I do know what you mean, Lotus but I highly doubt that CNN would cover a "story" like that. SNA would though, probably.

We all need to reflect and look in the "mirror" and sometimes what we reflect, imagine, or look upon, is "ugly".

You're a Lotus Flower though, so you thrive in the "muck" and always will!

Speaking of muck, we just avoided a "major" snow storm today.

I'm with DP
We've had enough.


Lotus - 3 Feb 2009 // 23:06:23

Well, you know what I mean, Rollingstoned...they could have been involved with some real action, CNN could have done a story about them doing some good.
Instead they are angry at the "mirror".

It's great that you work for a News station. Much better than a political office.

Rollingstoned - 3 Feb 2009 // 22:39:07

"May be the Pleven politicians can do a TV story covering some rescue action locally (when there is one)!"

Hi Lotus,

What would the Plevin politicians do with said, TV story? (when there is one)
Play it on CCTV or on "WPLV in Plevin"?

I doubt that they have the world coverage that CNN does.

I am just glad that I work for a TV station and not for a political organization who produces their own "news".

Lotus - 3 Feb 2009 // 22:15:17

Nothing to "cry out" about. Real people and real situations. I am sure the report intended to show how this crisis has impacted real lives

To those politicians: This isn't the time to worry about appearances but to form a quick local plan on how to help the families immediately.

Only corrupt third world politicians will spend time on protesting their image. May be the Pleven politicians can do a TV story covering some rescue action locally (when there is one)!

just me - 3 Feb 2009 // 18:02:40

Have you seen the video?

It does show an ugly view of Bulgaria, with several people huddled in front of an electric stove for heat, a crowded and dirty apartment, people hanging out the windows yelling, etc.

Bill - 3 Feb 2009 // 17:20:53


"She has got a pro-Muslim bias."

Very possibly. I don't watch CNN enough to make a decision on that.

DP - 3 Feb 2009 // 16:48:37

The last post was for you. Phew...Sleepy head still...

DP - 3 Feb 2009 // 16:45:09

Maybe "wrong way" designated section of a street, if you know what I mean. lol

xNELLIEx - 3 Feb 2009 // 16:33:19


Maybe some day there will be Taro Street in Varna, you never

xNELLIEx - 3 Feb 2009 // 16:31:54


Christian Amanpur is good and brave, she is always in dangerous places, but she only reports on the Muslim issues and she is seeing them as victims rather than what they really are - terrorists. She is supposed to be fair and balanced and unbiased. She has got a pro-Muslim bias.

DP - 3 Feb 2009 // 16:28:02

"He (TOTLEBEN, EDUARD IVANOVIC) planned the siege of Pleven in the later Russo-Turkish War (1877–78) and subsequently received the command of the entire Russian army and was created a count."


Too bad the guy had a name you don't fancy. Still, to Bulgarians he was a hero and they named a street after him "(hey" for past generation). There are many streets in Sofia that are named after foreigners who had done something good for us.

Get my drift? lol

P.S. Maybe you should read about the Russo-Turkish War and the Liberation of BG. Many monuments in Bulgaria were built to commemorate the great event.

xNELLIEx - 3 Feb 2009 // 16:28:00


Ignore that last comment, of course you are in them, and both you and your wife look amazing in your costumes, especially you. lol

xNELLIEx - 3 Feb 2009 // 16:25:24


If you mean the Titanic party photos, yes, I got them. You are not in them, are you?

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