How and Why the Western News Media Get North Korea’s Economy Wrong

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By Stephen Gowans

It is the accustomed practice of Western news media to refer to North Korea’s official news agency, KCNA, as a propaganda outlet, by which is implied that it is a source of self-serving lies. It would be more accurate to say that KCNA propagates the point of view of the North Korean government, which is unquestionably self-serving, or at least intended to be. It is hardly likely that anyone would express a point of view that was deliberately self-damaging. And as far as lies go, while I have no evidence that the North Korean government lies, it would come as no surprise to discover that it has, from time to time, backed its point of view with deceptions, both deliberate and unintended. Humans, as a rule, are not unfailingly honest or free from cognitive biases that sometimes make it difficult for them to see what others…

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One Response to How and Why the Western News Media Get North Korea’s Economy Wrong

  1. beetleypete says:

    Insight guaranteed as usual from Mr Gowans. A good counter to all the streams of propaganda that we hear about. NK.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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