The hypocrisy of the capitalist media never ceases to astound me. The imperialist countries can commit the most horrible of crimes for the shear purpose of generating profits – yet, at the same time, any use of violence by a country fighting imperialism is denounced as a terrible crime against humanity. The U.S. can unendingly threaten the DPRK with nuclear war, sabotage, sanctions, lies, etc., but if the DPRK threatens retaliation for acts of aggression, they’re labelled “crazy” and “unstable.”
We’re seeing another manifestation of that hypocrisy now. The DPRK has been accused of using terrible language by the Agence France-Presse. Among the actions were the use of such words as: “This tailless crazy old bitch called Park Geun-Hye is heaping further misery on our people, already suffering from the tragedy of division.” I haven’t been able to find any evidence that this statement was actually published. The online Party newspaper Rodong Sinmun has no trace of it. Perhaps there is evidence that such a statement was made, but I haven’t been able to find it.
However, for the sake of argument, let’s assume that they did publish it. In my eyes it would be inappropriate to say such things. They should be denounced for it, if this is the case. Such language does not belong in international politics. It’s sexist, and not even relevant to the ongoing tensions between the DPRK and the United States. The imperialist media have been making condemnations, criticizing the DPRK.
So I ask you: Where was the imperialist media to denounce the South’s act of calling for Kim Jong-un to be assassinated? The call was made by Ha Tae-keung, of the ruling Saenuri Party. Why was there no condemnation of this from the imperialist media? This act passed relatively quietly. Many reported on it, but made no attacks upon the South for it. Shouldn’t we consider the call to have a head of state killed worse than insulting one?
In the past, the imperialist media has made countless absurd accusations. They’ve accused them of killings which were later proven to have never taken place. The leaders of the country have been accused of rape, torture, insane methods of execution, all kinds of inhumanities without a single ounce of evidence. All of these proven falsehoods have gone without correction, or apology. This is in fact, the stock and trade used against the DPRK on a daily basis. Where are the condemnations for these lies to be found?
In the past, the imperialist media have made countless absurd accusations. They’ve accused them of killings, which were later proven to have never taken place. The leaders of the country have been accused of rape, torture, insane methods of execution, all kinds of inhumanities without a single ounce of evidence. All of these proven falsehoods have gone without correction, or apology. This is, in fact, the stock and trade used against the DPRK on a daily basis. Where are the condemnations for these lies to be found?
The media always portrays events with a particular set of interests in mind. Of course we should acknowledge that all media does this, and cannot function without it. What is important here, is to be mindful of the way it is used against the victims of imperialism. Events are portrayed with a certain narrative that is intended to continue the oppression of the DPRK. It seems as though it’s alright to call for the assassination of a leader, but not okay to insult them.
The imperialists can do whatever they want and not be held accountable for it. But if the DPRK does anything, they are immediately made out to be villains.