U.S. Media Misses on North’s Nukes
There are two certainties about North Korea (DPRK):
- DPRK is continuing preparations for its 3rd nuclear bomb detonation
- American national news media still can’t get the story right
The New York Times wasted space reporting on a purported fake missile in Pyongyang when the real story is buried 240 miles away under a mountain near the Chinese border.
Major American news media outlets generally miss the mark when it comes to North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). That is as true today as it was during previous weapons tests.
Latest North Korean WMD News
One of the most credible western sources for North Korean news is 38 North. It is a web site run by Joel Wit through the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at the U.S.-Korea Institute (USKI) at Johns Hopkins University. There’s a mouthful for ya! Its confusing.
Much of what is known outside of North Korea about its WMDs comes from 38 North. The “38” refers to the 38th parallel. That’s the original division line between north and south Korea decided by the United States and the Soviet Union at the end of World War II. It sparked the Korean War.
On April 27th, 38 North published a story titled “North Korean Nuclear Test Preparations: An Update“. That article describes the latest satellite images documenting preparations for DPRK’s upcoming nuclear detonation. That’s the same day the New York Times reported on the fake missile.
Matthew Pennington interviewed Wit and wrote an Associated Press story . It was picked up and repeated verbatim by Fox News, The Times of India and others. The LA Times did a better story. They got their information directly from Joel Wit and 38 North, too.
Fox News Blows it!
Fox News published this story titled, “New photo shows work at North Korea nuclear test site“, on April 27th.
Not only did Fox News simply reprint Pennington’s AP story, but totally screwed up the picture.
In its story Fox News cut off about 300 feet above where the actual excavation is taking place. The mining carts prominently mentioned in their caption aren’t even in the picture!!
But at least Fox News reported on the new preparations… that is more than the other major news organizations did.
CNN still remains totally clueless what is going on. The New York Times hasn’t said squat about the latest developments, either. CBS, NBC and ABC remain behind the 8-ball, too.
Wired Magazine Way Off
Wired isn’t exactly a hard news source, but it is widely read and it is a great example how poorly the American media reports on North Korea:
“North Korea Spent a Whole $15 Making Its Website“
– Spencer Ackerman, Wired Magazine, 4/18/2012
Ackerman is a national security reporter who does security articles for Wired magazine’s Danger Room. He freelances all over the place. He has a lot of credits in his resumé.
In this article he criticizes the North Korean government for using a cheap $15 Net template for it’s official government website. The site’s official name is the “Korean Friendship Association“.
The problem is that the website he accuses isn’t a North Korean site at all, let alone an official government site. It has nothing to do with North Korea’s government. It was created by Spaniard Alejandro Les Perez and is hosted by an ISP out of Malaga, Spain.
Perhaps Ackerman should not have used a Fordham student’s unverified homework assignment as his main source.
When Tad Ferrell at NK News attempted to get Ackerman to correct his error he was ignored. The appeals he left online as comments attached to Ackerman’s story were summarily deleted.
As a government, North Korea is an anachronism. Its a throwback to the old-style communist dictatorships described through fabricated government propaganda.
It is more challenging to find the truth, but its out there. You only need to dig a little bit.
There is no excuse for slipshod journalism. That is especially true for a dangerous rogue nation like North Korea.
Lets hope the American press and world governments wake up before North Korea unexpectedly delivers a dirty nuke or worse on someone.