Despite its boasting a much ballyhooed Pyongyang bureau, the Associated Press filed its report on the supposed fire at the iconic Koryo Hotel in the North Korean capital last week from its. . .Tokyo bureau. It appears that no AP reporters in North Korea have contributed reporting on the fire – this despite the fact that they actually live in the Koryo when they’re in the country.
The AP has come under fire in this magazine and elsewhere for apparently ceding control of its Pyongyang “news bureau” to the North Korean authorities. That the AP bureau would not report on the fire at the famous hotel—just as the official North Korean media hasn’t—will not do much to allay those concerns.
In February, North Korea conducted its third nuclear weapons test since 2006. The test, performed in defiance of scores of United Nations sanctions, outraged the international community. Within weeks, the U.N. had leveled more sanctions on the rogue regime, beefing up inspections of North Korean cargo, banning luxury exports to the impoverished nation’s appallingly self-indulgent ruling coterie, requiring countries to freeze all financial transactions that might somehow aid the North Korean nuclear program, and barring the transport of bulk cash into the country.
The White House today released letters from little kids pleading for gun control, just hours before President Obama is to release a comprehensive proposal to limit guns and ammunition. The letters were released to the Associated Press in what appears to be a coordinated effort to help shape the narrative the day of Obama's announcement.
Dean Singleton, chairman of the Associated Press board, introduced President Obama this afternoon at a speech to news editors in Washington. But Singleton didn’t just tell the audience the president was the next speaker—the supposed newsman offered lavish praise for the Democratic president.
Yesterday, the Associated Press dropped what's known in journalism parlance as a "thumbsucker" on the Norway shootings. It's a piece that's awfully heavy on analysis and short on the necessary facts to justify said thumbsucking.
Perhaps the most interesting thing about Michael Meehan’s mugging of TWS reporter John McCormack is the assumption that apparently drove him to harass a journalist. At the two-question “press conference” Coakley held outside of the swank Capitol Hill restaurant that hosted her high-dollar fundraiser, McCormack asked the would-be senator about her claim that the terrorists had left Afghanistan. The video shows Coakley listening carefully, smiling and then moving on.