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The Perfect Inaugural Editorial…From KCNA?

24 Jan

I would have never dreamed I would praise North Korean journalism, but this is a triumph of objectivity.

Barack Obama Takes Office as U.S. President

Pyongyang, January 21 (KCNA) — Barack Obama took office as the 44th president of the United States on Jan. 20.

The inauguration ceremony was held at the Capitol building that day.

He made an inaugural address there.

If only American newspapers wrote editorials like this…alright, I’m being more ridiculous than a KCNA broadside, But, it’s hard not to appreciate how any possible point of controversy, including how many spectators came, or how many were domed not to arrive, is avoided. There isn’t even a comment on the speech. It’s either dismissive, as if belittling the occasion, oblivious, as if the editors didn’t know what they were dealing with, or just plain indifferent. But, it could also be an intentional design not to insult.

If American journalism were this compact and measured, it might just destroy what’s left of the industry.

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