Hugh Hewitt is off on a show-long rant over today’s risible LA Times front-pager about North Korea. The Times certainly deserves the abuse; the article, by Seoul bureau chief Barbara Demick, is comprised mostly of quoting a former North Korean “diplomat.” After a tiresome and unchallenged litany of Kim Jong Il’s propaganda, it lurches into the familiar lines of old “people are people” human-interest stories from the unlamented Soviet Union:
“There is love. There is hate. There is fighting. There is charity…. People marry. They divorce. They make children,” he said.
“People are just trying to live a normal life.”
Well, yes. Of course, that’s a bit more difficult when you’re living under a totalitarian state where you and three generations of your family can be sentenced to death for daring to question the “dear leader.” Funny how Demick didn’t mention that, or even question the validity of a guy who’d been a high-ranking member of the DPRK government–for one thing, you certainly aren’t allowed to leave that country if you don’t fit that description.
Of course, this story was hardly the first time the LA Times or the MSM in general has pulled a Duranty regarding North Korea. The Times itself employes nutbag columnist Robert Scheer, a longtime apologist for every Communist state that’s ever existed. Scheer personally signed on to a letter expounding on the wonders of Kim’s odious father Kim Il Sung after a visit in 1970.
It’s hardly fair to single out Scheer, who’s so far out there only the MooreOns still take him seriously, and even they are probably just being polite. There are plenty of examples of previous DPRK love from the MSM, from figures placed quite a bit higher than the Times’ pet Red fossil. Our old pal Eason Jordan was kowtowing to Kim on CNN’s behalf two years ago as part of his ongoing Dictator Suck-Up tours. Jordan said of Kim,
And I’ll say one other thing about him, from people who have met him, they say that he’s a fanatical CNN viewer, and of course we’re grateful for that.
ABC’s Peter Jennings gleefully ran with the DPRK propaganda just last month, accusing George W. Bush on the air of ‘inciting’ the North into buidling nukes (er, Peter, they’ve been working on them since before Bush was even managing a baseball team).
I could go on, but nobody is really surprised by this. Like the worst of the moonbat Left, much of the MSM seems to operate under the rubric, “Hey, they hate Bush. I hate Bush, too. So how bad could they be?”
Sadly, the answer is very, very bad indeed. Not that it matters when your own hate is the most important matter of all.