The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


April 11, 2013

From N. Korea, the latest in a long line of propaganda — that’s still effective



The Korean Central News Agency also has resorted to doctoring photos to exaggerate the regime's military prowess.

A photo released by the state agency last month shows hovercraft storming a beach during a training exercise. The picture had been altered to paste additional vessels into the scene, with two of them kicking up an identical fierce spray in otherwise calm waters. Agence France-Presse later killed the photo's distribution, saying an analysis showed unmistakable signs of manipulation.

Another set of photos that appeared in the official newspaper of the Korean Workers' Party show a seated Kim, surrounded by military advisers, reviewing his "U.S. mainland strike plan." A map on the wall behind him shows targets that include Hawaii, San Diego, Washington and a Texas city that may be Austin.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, R, used the occasion to promote Austin, telling CBS News, "The individuals in North Korea understand that Austin, Texas, is now a very important city in America, as do corporate CEOs and other people who are moving here in record numbers."

North Korean propaganda often takes an especially dismissive view of women who oppose the regime, as in a March 13 attack on the new president of South Korea, Park Geun-Hye, saying her "swish of skirt" was to blame for rising tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Clinton, the former U.S. secretary of state, got her share of insults in 2009, after she criticized North Korean missile launches.

"We cannot but regard Mrs. Clinton as a funny lady as she likes to utter such rhetoric, unaware of the elementary etiquette in the international community," the state news agency said in a July 23, 2009, statement. "Sometimes she looks like a primary schoolgirl and sometimes a pensioner going shopping."

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