The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


April 11, 2013

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



While North Korea's fashion credentials are open to question, some of its harshest criticism has been saved for former South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak, whom it frequently compares to a rat.

North Korea's dictators, particularly its founder, Kim Il- Sung, grandfather of the current leader, on the other hand, receive treatment that might make Stalin or Mao Zedong blush.

"Kim Il Sung was an incarnation of internationalism, possessed of noble personality, great magnanimity and warm humanity," according to a statement Monday.

The news service seemed less certain how to describe the February visit of former basketball star Dennis Rodman, who sat with Kim Jong-Un to watch a game. The seven-time National Basketball Association rebounding champion is known for his tattoos, piercings and outlandish behavior, such as wearing a wedding dress to promote his 1996 autobiography.

Offering neither praise nor criticism of Rodman, the agency said in a statement Feb. 28 that Rodman and his entourage "paid high tribute to Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il before their statues" and "made an entry in the visitor's book."

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