Austin Bay offers this opinion on the current application of American power against Kim Jong-Un. Did you see or read any of these news stories referenced in the opinion? Or, was your newsfeed caught up in the cluck-fest of Diplomat erudition?
Lost in the media scrum about threats and counter threats from President Trump and North Korea is a very important story that was totally missed. While headlines a few days ago blared that North Korea said it would never negotiate with the US on its nuclear and missile programs, in fact, it never said that. This isn’t the first time the media missed the story. It happens all the time, whenever it covers statements by North Korea.
A big part of the blame goes to Pyongyang. It’s incredibly hard for anyone to parse its public policy statements, often filled with bluster, bluff and just plain old propaganda. It is hard for anyone except the most experienced North Korea hand to figure out the real message—if there is one. But, with that caveat the news media has a responsibility to get the facts straight. And on this story, it failed completely. That failure is particularly dangerous given the continuing mounting crisis between Washington and Pyongyang. [emphasis added]
“But… the news media has a responsibility to get the facts straight.” Considering the news media is the primary mechanism for informing people’s opinion, and that the news media is as much a stranger to facts as it is to Midwest, why are the newsies trying to start another shooting war with North Korea?