North Korea Struggling to Come to Terms With Epic World Cup Loss

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After Portugal's 7-0 victory over North Korea in the World Cup the other day, I joked that the headline in Pyongyang would be something like:

"Glorious 13-0 Victory Over Portugal Confirms North Korean Greatness:
'Parade of Triumph' to start Friday at noon"


I was kidding, obviously. But it looks like I was more right, than wrong. According to The New Yorker's Evan Osnos, even though the game was broadcast in North Korea, the news media hasn't said anything at all about the loss:
North Korea succumbed 7-0, and the result does not appear to have been reported in the North Korean press. No sign of it in North Korea's main newspaper--accessible by a Japan-based portal--and, so far, the official North Korean news agency has not yet gotten to the story. Instead, lead pieces for the day include "Revenge-vowing Meetings Held," "Russian Dance Company Performs" and "US, Provoker of Korean War."
On a related note, it is very much worth clicking on the North Korean news agency's headlines and treating yourself to stories like, "Hillary's Brigandish Sophism Slammed" (yes, that Hillary!). I'm half surprised that Drudge isn't linking to this stuff...
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