The Media Hires Cheap Labour & Ignores North Korea's Threat


This week, my post will be somewhat more prosaic for two reasons: the realisation that many news sites are hiring cheap labour which is reflected in the poor quality of their articles (making me wonder if in the future we will still have real reporters); and the media's astonishing reaction, or lack thereof, to North Korea's threat. As Wolf Blitzer would say: what's going on?

Reporters or Text Writers? 

The Gatestone Institute noted how little attention the media bestows upon North Korea's nuclear activities “how strange that most major news outlets have never reported that North Korea already has nuclear-armed missiles that can strike the U.S.” but what's even odder is to read the work of a young reporter (by the way, a Student of English Lit at the UCL) for Newsweek, saying that North Korea did not have the capability to manufacture “nuclear weapons small enough to fit on a missile” since “international experts” doubted such capability and therefore they were not able to strike another country – it would be interesting to know exactly whom those international experts are because if they missed the amount of information out there about North Korea's nuclear activities then they shouldn't be called experts but propagandists.

We don't know who are Mirren Gidda's sources but we'd suggest Newsweek to actually edit their contributors' work and do some fact-check before publishing, because this young 'professional' isn't quite sure whether she's a reporter or a blogger. A Blogger, in disrepute, can afford to make such mistakes; but a reporter shouldn't be allowed to sit at home, read online news sites and then produce texts based on them without doing some research of her/his own.

So, what is going on here? News sites seem to be doing three things:
  • Hiring young motivated college kids (regardless of their major, with their eyes on the money, 'fame' or resume building) who can't tell the difference between a news article, a blog post and a school paper
  • Sacrificing the quality of their pages in exchange for cheap labour
  • Losing their credibility as a result. 

North Korea Remains a Threat

In 2015, the US Congress heard testimonies that North Korea had achieved a long-range missile capability to strike the US back in 2012 (when NK put a satellite in orbit to see if it could carry "its payload a long distance" which it did). It also heard Admiral William Gortney saying “we assess that they [North Koreans] have the ability, they have the weapons, and they have the ability to miniaturize those weapons, and they have the ability to put them on a rocket that can range the [U.S.] homeland." (quoted here) – therefore, whom did the North Koreans collaborate with to gain the ability to miniaturise weapons?
In February 2013, reports said that Iran's top nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh-Mahabadi, travelled to North Korea to observe their Feb 12 nuclear test (of an alleged miniaturised device). It should be noted that Mr Mahabadi is the head of the Iranian miniaturisation programme (i.e. the programme seeking to miniaturise a nuclear warhead in order to be placed in a ballistic missile) which is a huge red flag. At the end of February, it was reported that there is evidence that Tehran is developing a plutonium-based nuclear weapon, in Arak - a heavy-water production plant, activated in January, from which "IAEA inspectors have been barred for eighteen months now" - North Korea: Iranian Proxy and Lab Test

It is thus very interesting that, in 2016, the media still finds it fit to either ignore or downplay North Korea's nuclear advances and its relationship with Iran's nuclear programme. We should ask ourselves whether the media does so because it hires ignorant young individuals, posing as reporters, who can't bother to do a proper research; or because its strings are being pulled for either ideological purposes or political expedience.


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Comments

  1. Kids are more easily played, they want a job so much and the prestige to write for x or y publication that they'll accept whichever pay they can get, and media sites can do their propaganda without much resistance on the part of the authors. It's a win-win deal.

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    1. Hi Anonymous :D!

      I see. In that case, I shouldn't be surprised, should I? I just feel sorry for the people who pay for subscriptions because they expect quality in return...

      Anon, thank you so much for your comment :D!

      Cheers

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  2. North Korea has been helping Iran for years and the media never made that connection. What surprises me is how this country with so many sanctions over the past 15 years or so has managed to keep herself afloat. Do they do nuclear services to rogue countries, non-state actors, do they participate in criminal activity, do they provide terrorist services what?

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    1. Hi Jake :D!

      True. In a nutshell: all of the above. They do all kinds of services and also work closely with Pakistan.
      Jake, thank you so much for your comment :D.

      Cheers

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  3. Noooo!!! In left-speak, "fact checking" is the process of going through an article that is 5% wrong, and then correcting the 95% that isn't wrong so that it is 100% wrong or at least completely misleading!

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    1. Hi Looney :D!

      lol lol I realise that much now. It's appalling. Like I said earlier, it's a shame that paying subscribers receive such poor quality work.
      Thank you s much for your comment, Looney :D

      Cheers

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  4. Greetings Jake, I would say all of the above. Iran is about to test fire Shahab 3 missiles from their silos at their Semnan Base. These are similar to what NK has test fired. Iran has a Medium Range Ballistic capability that can reach Israel and the Gulf States.

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    1. Hi Kmaster :D!

      Welcome back.

      I read they tested the Qadr missiles; but several reports say different things as if they're not sure. The similarity with NK missiles though should definitely raise flags and serve as a confirmation of their deep relationship. Indeed, Israel has already been threatened: the Iranians honoured us with an inscription in Hebrew and all lol. The Gulf States are already buying nukes themselves because of it...

      Kmaster, thank you so much for your comment :D.

      Cheers

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  5. Kmaster is correct, Iran carried out a missile test with "Israel must be wiped out" written in Hebrew on the missiles. If this isn't a direct threat, I don't know what is. North Korea needs to be dealt with ASAP otherwise she will continue to work with Iran and Pakistan and when they finish what they're doing, no one will be safe. Not Israel, not America, not India, not Japan, not Ban Ki Moon over in the South, no one! Just wondering about Europe's role in the middle of all this, will they help Iran too?

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    1. Hi Joseph :D!

      Yes, it did: what an honour, נכון? :)
      I agree on NK but everybody is too afraid of challenging China, which would what attacking NK would mean in reality.
      Europe...their investment money is already helping Iran, so...it's only a matter of know what they'd do if Iran would actually attack Israel: would they support the Persians or the Israelis?

      Joe, thank you so much for your comment :D.

      Cheers

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  6. Cheap labour is a form of slavery. Interesting how the media, the champion against slavery, now practises it, isn't it?

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    1. Hello Dux Probus :D!

      Long time no see!! How are you?

      It is indeed. Today, there are several new forms of slavery, unfortunately. Humans are very creative when it comes to doing evil. Oh yes, it is very interesting.

      Dux, I'm so happy to see you back, you were sorely missed. Don't be a stranger now :D. And thanks for your comment. :D

      Cheers

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  7. Poor Gidda! She just wants to make a dollar or two for the drinks on Friday nights. I don't trust North Korea, not one bit! That kid never fooled me, he studied in Europe where he learned the art of Meth production! By Hashem we need to follow them closely and start sabotaging their nuclear efforts. They are good in cyber-shit but so are we!

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    1. Hi Raquel :D!

      lol indeed.
      Good points on North Korea.

      Darling, thank you so much for your comment :D.

      Cheers

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