Jan 6 2016

There’s No Evidence North Korea Has an H-Bomb–but NYT Knows Fear Sells Papers

Officials examining a map of North Korean seismic event (photo: Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

The New York Times’ front-page story doesn’t point out how unlikely it is that North Korea has, in fact, detonated a hydrogen bomb.

May 13 2015

‘Wrong as Often as Right’ Is Good Enough When Reporting on an Official Enemy

North Korean general

“The report, if true, would starkly illustrate the brutal extent to which the young North Korean leader is going to consolidate power.” And if it isn’t true, it would starkly illustrate the low standards the Washington Post has for reporting on official enemies.

May 1 2013

North Korea Rattles Sabers While U.S. Drops Fake Nukes

For reporters, 'threats' seem to come from one side

Stealth bombers pretended to drop nuclear bombs along North Korea's borders.

Seemingly out of nowhere, North Korea became the top news story at the beginning of April. Tensions between the United States and North Korea were on the rise after new supreme leader Kim Jong Un conducted several missile and weapons tests, beginning at the end of 2012. The threats, bluster and provocations that followed led to some rather alarming—and alarmist—coverage in the U.S., particularly on television. For most reporters, the threats were going in one direction. As ABC World News reporter Martha Raddatz put it (3/31/13): “The threats have been coming almost every day, and each day become more menacing, […]

Apr 5 2013

Tim Shorrock on North Korea, Lee Fang on ‘The Right Leans In’


While corporate TV panics over North Korea, Tim Shorrock points out what’s missing from the story. And the Lee Fang tells us how the right is mobilizing at the state-level– they’re even creating media outlets to spread their message.

Feb 22 2013

Dan Beeton on Ecuador Election, Christine Hong on North Korea


What is it about leftist Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa that U.S. media don’t like? Dan Beeton from the Center for Economic and Policy Research explains. And what context and history would improve our understanding of North Korea? UC Santa Cruz professor Christine Hong has some ideas.