Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Diane Sawyer of ABC News has ventured inside North Korea -- She travelled 7000 miles (gasp!) and flew...wait for it...overnight (no!) -- so what insights can she bring us from the heart of the Hermit Kingdom?

North Koreans don't have Blackberrys. Some of them get married. Some even respond when you wave at them.

It's straight-off-the-plane journalism at its most cringe-inducing.


Blogger Zorka said...

I can agree that I wonder why Diane Sawyer, but remember this is not the first time ABC has scooped news organizations by reporting from that country. In June 2005, Bob Woodruff reported from Pyongyang. ABC was also the organization that broke the Foley scandal story here in the U.S.

All in all, not bad for a news organization though I must admit, it will all be a bit sanitized through American eyes - not always something that gives the best perspective.

8:07 PM  
Anonymous steve in finland said...

You need to realise, Stuart, that for an American audience the absence of Blackberries is proof of a repressive and backward society. I saw the report on BBC World and wondered why it had been granted airtime rather than a timely report on the guano harvest in Peru, for example.

9:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, it is Morning TV in the US, expecting depth is like expecting a first grader to do calculus. While I also deplored the banality, there were some photos that I found quite interesting.

I'm curious, though -- how'd she get in? What's the inside scoop in the news industry?

From Pat in Illinois

7:43 PM  
Blogger Stuart said...

Pat -- I've been told that ABC had negotiators with links to Pyongyang on the payroll for a year working on getting permission to report from N Korea...so the trip was planned long before Nork's nuclear test.

8:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

American "journalism". What to expect.
The same old shite they've been peddling since McCartyhy.
Capitalism sucks United States of Assahola- Crunchy Credit proof again you greedy fat bastards.
Loko out for the next ABC reportage on "Johnny Jihad!!!"

1:33 PM  

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