CNN-Aired TV Report on Bulgaria's Gas Crisis Exposed as Misleading

Society | February 6, 2009, Friday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 8
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The CNN-aired TV report on the condition of households in the Bulgaria's city of Pleven during the recent natural gas shortage crisis has been exposed by a reporter of the bTV channel as being fake and misleading.

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 bTV reporter, Stoyan Georgiev, has discovered that the block of flats where the ITN TV report was shot never had central heating and therefore the families living in it could not be affected by the natural gas shortage caused by the Russia-Ukraine gas pricing dispute. The families in it are in fact burning wood and coal for heating.

The Roma families pictured in the report said they had no idea the material had anything to do with the gas crisis, and they were not told by the ITN reporter Robert Moore that it was about it.

In Stoyan Georgiev's report aired by bTV on Thursday, the Roma kids in the apartment building in question showed how they were asked by the ITN reporter to warm their supposedly cold hands at the electric cooker, which was turned off at that time.

ITN's report also showed a measuring device at Pleven's heating plant on what was supposedly a pipe bringing in Russian natural gas. The device's counter showed "0000", which was presented as meaning that no Russian gas supplies were coming in.

Stoyan Georgiev's report, however, showed the counter was attached to a pipe, which had not been in use for years, and had nothing to do with the gas distribution network.

The bTV reporter said the ITN correspondent Robert Moore would not reply to his emails. In his report on bTV, Georgiev likened the situation in which the households in Bulgaria's Pleven were presented as suffering severely by the gas crisis to the reports about the death of Mark Twain that he read in a British newspaper, and replied with his famous quote, "The rumors about my death are greatly exaggerated".
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resipsaloquitur - 8 Feb 2009 // 00:45:15

It is true that CNN is psitioned in LONDON,UK but it's journalists are predominately


My favorite e.g. RICHARD QUEST is from Illinois...a small town,I forgot the name.

Last year he was reporting about his town and family.

As I lived in USA I can imediatelly recognise the American accent and tell if the

reporter is a British or other nationality.

There is a blond girl,SASCHA HERMAN...the first time she opened her mouth,I knew ,she is a GERMAN...

the German accent is very distinctive and I know how Germans are speaking

American language.

Anyway,the reporters at CNN are shouting the text ,which their EDITOR

TIME WARNER Inc. prescribed them.


phyper1 - 7 Feb 2009 // 18:34:11

Mr. Kolegialen,
You are a perpetual 'moning meenie'.
Now, it is the CNN that sucks.
Previously it was the British 'chavs', then it was the Chech 'pr**ks.
I am waiting man, for your next ...............

Bill - 7 Feb 2009 // 13:42:19


Rather neatly put, I must say. Kolegialen spends a lot of time on this forum bitching about the US he lives off of, and talking about "we" and "our" as though he were in Bulgaria.

The facade is crumbling.

It's hard enough to hit the nail on the head. With a pinhed it's much more difficult.

pk - 7 Feb 2009 // 12:57:22

Will someone please tell me:

What is the "typical Bulgarian Household" that should be shown?

BULERICAN - 7 Feb 2009 // 11:14:08

Author: Kolegialen 6 Feb 2009 19:01:28
Of course they were!
All American reporters were getting hard nipples at the prospect of Bulgaria/Russia political boxing match.
CNN sucks.

Hey bonehead, can you not read and comprehend that which is written ???

The reporter is from the UK, ITN network, the footage was given to CNN intl for re-broadcast.

Explain what the UK ITN and CNN Intl (based in the UK) have to do with US reporters and or US networks.

You are and still remain a complete and utter A$$. Cynical to the core with no hope of redemption.

xNELLIEx - 6 Feb 2009 // 21:28:24

So......Let me get this straight. If these people had lost their heat due to the Russian gas crisis it would be a bad thing. But since these people never had any gas heat to begin with, then it is all good. No worries.

Good job finding and publishing the REAL story - the fact that there are people in Bulgaria who have no heat at all, except from burning wood and coal. Sure, that makes Bulgaria a better place. CNN doesn't know what they are doing. lol

simonaki - 6 Feb 2009 // 21:07:23

Some of these stories you just couldn't make up. The truth is stranger than fiction just goto Bulgaria.

Kolegialen - 6 Feb 2009 // 19:01:28

Of course they were!
All American reporters were getting hard nipples at the prospect of Bulgaria/Russia political boxing match.
CNN sucks.

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