A Tale of Extreme Journalism in North Korea

Yesterday’s post was about the three American hikers/journalists/tourists that wandered into Iran. Today is a new day with (almost) the same story being repeated, except this involves two American journalists who wandered illegally into North Korea, another country with which the US does not have diplomatic ties.

Sentenced to 12 years of hard labor, the women were pardoned today when Bill Clinton flew over to North Korea and met with Dear Leader Kim Jong Il (yes, he is indeed alive and there are pictures with President Clinton to prove it). Their release merely required an informal private visit by a previous president of the USA after 4 5 months of captivity, including 1 month of hard labor.

Who do you think will have to fly to Tehran to get the three Americans out of there? It cannot be Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as she is the highest ranking diplomat and you really do not want to use that card with a nation with which you do not have diplomatic ties. Maybe Bill Clinton can make a short hop on his way back from North Korea?

Let’s see which story of “Extreme Journalism” makes the headlines tomorrow. Gone are the days when journalists reported the news. These days they ARE the news.


  1. NidalMAugust 5, 2009

    We have our own brand of extreme journalism here! They’re called Political bloggers in the Middle East 😛

  2. seraiAugust 5, 2009

    heheheh, that’s certainly true 😀

  3. Cookie MonsterAugust 5, 2009

    I think I should loose my bearings in Zimbabwe… or Burma…

    With the journalists being “captured”, the buzz of political journalism has diluted a little. We need more of the likes of Rageh Omaar and John Simpson who get into the tricky places and report effectively too!


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