A balanced view

I feel I’ve been rather harsh on Bulgarian journalists, considering they are by far not the only offenders. So in the interest of balance here’s the competition from Greece.

Thanks to Ioan for pointing this out today.

World Environment Day today with the UN asking people to reduce their CO2 emmissions. The chairman of the (Greek) electricity board denied the harms of CO2, explaining that it is widely used even in soft drinks.

However I came right back at him with Bulgaria’s contender:

Streets of Bulgaria’s Yambol Washed for First Time in 10 Years

Bulgarian authorities reported that the streets of the southeastern town of Yambol have been washed for the first time in ten years. Unemployed people were hired to do the job as part of the Social Ministry programmes for temporary employment. Citizens commented they could not remember the last time they saw the streets of their town clean.

Dullgaria 2

Came across another journalistic belter in Bulgarian news today.

In the Society section of the online international edition of a Bulgarian news paper, I see the headline.

An Occupation Ancient and Profitable

Now I know what occupation that is (real estate) so I clicked on it, only to find out that

The oldest profession looms to be also the most profitable one, at least in Bulgaria. Six prostituting girls could yield up to € 1 million yearly.

Note the use of the words ‘…could yield…’, normally seen in this format in a sentence discussing a viable business opportunity like

Six cows could yield up to 25 litres of milk daily.

The reporter is clearly resentful of the opportunity they’ve got, as it goes on to say

A prostitute in the Bulgarian seaside resort Sunny Beach earns between 12 000 and 18 000 euros just for a month, estimate the Police authorities. For comparison, the average monthly income in Bulgaria rarely exceeds 500 euro.

The reporter even offers some advice:-

Actually Burgas is the most convenient town for transferring of prostitutes across the border.

Proof that i’m not making it up = http://international.ibox.bg/news/id_2083586765

Dullgaria

I spend my mornings at work looking at what’s been going on in the world, or more specifically in the territories where we sell our developments. We post news daily on the company website about growth and prosperity in all our operational areas.

Unfortunately Bulgaria is one of them.

I do not mean to imply that there is no growth and prosperity in Bulgaria, only that the journalists seem to be of a particularly negative bent of mind. Where Dubai news sources run sickly sweet with praise of everything the Sheikh’s gaze falls upon, Bulgarian journalists will even report the Second Coming with an angle on the cost involved.

This has lead a colleague to call it ‘Dullgaria’

Examples of journalistic brilliance include snippets like

The Director of Bulgaria’s Customs Agency Asen Asenov, who has filed his resignation earlier on Wednesday, said Wednesday he had not taken the step under pressure….

What a way to lead an article, this guy is condemned already!

EC Speaker: EU Report on Bulgaria Will Not Be Delayed

Because they were expecting it to be!

and

“Bulgaria is not a country that needs support, Bulgaria is our partner”: This is the common impression of the talks Minister Petkov had in the U.S. Department of State

What? Bulgaria doesn’t need support?

And there is one guy who reports on traffic who loves the word ‘carnage’ so everyday it’s “carnage this” or “carnage that”. Fortunately for him, Bulgarian drivers being what they are there’s always some sort of carnage to talk about. Maybe he thinks it’s a car-related word, as in car-nage.