Spinning it, or just fucking selfish and STUPID?

31 Jul, '10

For all that’s bloody well holy… have a look a this shite:

The Island of Smiles 😉

BAHRAIN is the fifth most thriving country in the Middle East, according to a new study.

Beautiful, right?

Ok, Carry On™ – courtesy of the local rag:

The “Island of Smiles” was ranked 48th out of 155 countries around the world in the Gallup Global Well-being report, which took four years to compile.

The study, which took place between 2005 and last year, found 32 per cent of people in Bahrain were thriving.

Desperate for a glass half full, the editors start their “piece” with a “big bang” sentence, then and only then, the qualification of their ineptitude and inability to be or even attempt to be journalists, start. So, 1/3rd of us on these lovely pieces of Heaven, aka “The Islands of Gloom” are “thriving”.

Brilliant. But they’re not done…

However, it also found that 45pc were struggling and 23pc were suffering – although non-Arab expats were not included in the survey of around 1,000 adults aged over 15.

In fact, Bahrain had one of the biggest percentages of people suffering in the Middle East and was on a par with Pakistan and Romania in those stakes.

HANG ON A MINUTE! What the fuck happened to the previous assertion of “The Island of Smiles” crap? 68% (that’s MORE than 2/3rds of the population) are struggling at best!

What journalistic principles are these bozos working under? Really? Really? No fucking shame at all? They just want the “happy picture” at the expense of everything else?

What’s wrong with them leading the piece with something like:

An international poll affirmed that the majority in Bahrain are struggling in their daily lives, putting paid to the much abused “island of smiles” brand. With the kingdom now ranking last but one in the Gulf in the Global Well-being report.

With 68% being classified either as struggling or suffering, it is quite evident that the adopted policies have demonstrably failed and the country needs much more than glitzy empty marketing campaigns to effect a real change in attitudes and perceptions. A concerted effort must be enacted to tangibly improve people’s lives and livelihoods…

Wouldn’t this effect a better response than misrepresenting the truth?

Of course it would. But the GDN and its owning empire is not interested in effecting change to the better. As long as it lines their pockets, why should they change a formula which has proven successful? The 68% of suffering people can go fuck themselves.

Well, in the spirit of the GDN and its owners, this little critter is B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-U-U-U-U-U-L… isn’t he just absolutely cute and cuddly?

aaaawwwwwwwwwwww

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  1. LiB Team says:

    Just read that article online and “print screen”ed it so that we bash at it! Absolutely shameful piece of news. As you said they alway pretend that Bahrain is “all smiles” and everything is rosy and perfect here…

  2. Joker says:

    Of course its the island of smiles when you read a sick joke like this every morning.

  3. Rogork says:

    So “Bahrain is the most perfect country in the world, except for the part that it isn’t”. Brilliant.

  4. Bahrainiac says:

    if you squint hard enough everybody is smiling 😉

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