Wednesday, August 05, 2009


North Korea Watch: Slip-Slided Away

Maybe the well-oiled machine is showing some wear, Yonhap reports:

SEOUL, Aug. 5 (Yonhap) -- North Korean media outlets, whose outputs and their timing are strictly dictated by the state, made repeated blunders while reporting on former U.S. President Bill Clinton's two-day visit to the country.

North Korea first reported Clinton's arrival around noon on Tuesday through Radio Pyongyang and the Korean Central Broadcasting Station, its state-run radio channels.

Both made on-air blunders, apparently due to miscommunication between the anchors and producers.

"Former U.S. Pres...." the male anchor of Radio Pyongyang started out in Korean. The broadcast was abruptly suspended mid-sentence, followed by nearly 10 seconds of silence and then five minutes of music before the anchor returned to say Clinton arrived in the North Korean capital.


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