In today's tour of state-sponsored propaganda, Kim Jong Un is published outside of North Korea, China's media meets Sacha Baron Cohen, and a US ambassador causes trouble for the Beijing Daily. We begin in Pyongyang.
Kim Jong Un, International Author
North Korea's state-owned press is known for making up flattering things about its leaders. Kim Jong Il, for instance, invented the hamburger and routinely shot "3-4 hole-in-ones" every time he played golf. Now, with Kim Jong Un sitting atop the throne, it's time to nurture a new cult of personality. Today, that means hyping The Outstanding Leader's authorial genius. With this earth-shattering headline, the Korean Central News Agency is proud to report:
In a sign of how tough it must be to get some positive press attention, KCNA is now hyping an article in a little-known Bangladeshi tabloid called Blitz: Comprehensive Tabloid Weekly. This is sad for a couple of reasons. First, the paper didn't single out Kim's writing, it merely re-printed a KCNA story about an address Kim gave about land management. (Kim isn't even quoted in the article.) Additionally, if you search Blitz's website, it appears to just automatically scrape KCNA stories likes this one or this one or this one. Also what is Blitz? Not much is known about it online but according to Wikipedia it has a reputation for "publishing cheap, untrustworthy and fabricated stories." On its about section, it bills itself as "the only anti-Jihadist newspaper in the Muslim world" and, more importantly, the only paper you can trust. "In today's world, Weekly Blitz is considered as the only source of unbiased and untwisted information in the entire Muslim world." Well, who are we to rain on Kim's parade? Congrats Kim, you're an internationally-published author. Kind of.