1. While I totally agree that Journalism has turned in to (and perhaps always has been) complete crap… I will say this in defense of the LA Times article:

    This article was obviously meant to be a feature profile (aka fluff news) and doesn’t necessarily say “Well, North Korea is not so bad”. Perhaps the author wants us to have compassion for NK, but overall she was simply presenting the readers with an “inside view”, whether from an ACTUAL businessman or a person mascarading as such.

    This is one of the reasons why any dream I once had of going into the foreign correspondent field was slashed a long time ago. I just don’t think I can be so… I can’t think of the word.

    Bah, but that’s my thought on this 🙂


    1. Either way, the fact that the guy was an Ambassador sets off red flags in my head that scream “propaganda!!!!” Honestly, it’s a sad thought, that she’d go for a former gov’t official vs the commoner who could give a better protrayal of what the country is really like. I believe that is what Jason was arguing against.


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