Alternate headline: AP proudly announces they’ve agreed to serve as full-time global propaganda arm for Kim Jong un:

The Associated Press opened its newest bureau here Monday, becoming the first international news organization with a full-time presence to cover news from North Korea in words, pictures and video.

In a ceremony that came less than a month after the death of longtime ruler Kim Jong Il and capped nearly a year of discussions, AP President and CEO Tom Curley and a delegation of top AP editors inaugurated the office, situated inside the headquarters of the state-run Korean Central News Agency in downtown Pyongyang.

The bureau expands the AP’s presence in North Korea, building on the breakthrough in 2006 when AP opened a video bureau in Pyongyang for the first time by an international news organization. Exclusive video from AP video staffers in Pyongyang was used by media outlets around the world following Kim’s death.

Sure, and that video was used by the NK regime to figure out which of its citizens weren’t adequately fake crying in a genuine fashion at Dear Leader’s mourn-in so they could be shipped off for some re-education at their friendly local labor camp.

The NK regime will no doubt give AP reporters complete freedom to visit wherever they like and report to the world what they see unfiltered.


7 Responses to “Associated Press Opens New Bureau in North Korea”

  1. SignPainterGuy on January 16th, 2012 2:34 pm

    My first thought was that the AP in NK will be like CNN in Saddam Hussein`s Iraq, reporting all the "approved" news. No doubt, news info will flow equally in both directions, *cough – cough* ! A Science and Technology Dept will likely be among the first set up to "exchange" the latest in missile and spy drone tech.

    I can see Itty Bitty Kim (Dad was "Little") getting all the benefit from this new "openness" !

  2. Pasadena Phil on January 16th, 2012 3:12 pm

    This new bureau is just a ruse for those who have never seen the Milky Way in its full glory. If you have never seen the Milky Way, NoKo is the ideal place to do so. None of that annoying ambient light that makes it so difficult for those of us who live in countries that have electricity.

    And the NorKos fell for it. Snort!

  3. Marshall_Will on January 16th, 2012 3:49 pm

    What is there to possibly 'cover', from -within- the country? More starvation? More repression? More forced labor camps for displaying insufficient amounts of concrete slapping?

    Of course, as usual, Libs & the LSM can't find their way to objectively cover a Tea Party event in their own backyard but..?

  4. SignPainterGuy on January 16th, 2012 4:10 pm

    Maybe Soros has enlisted the AP`s aid in bringing down the Nork`s economy. That`d be #6 and probably the easiest !

    You know that the AP had to pay to gain access ……. to ….. something. Maybe P.Phil is right; there`s all that darkness !

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  6. Hyperfobea on January 17th, 2012 12:21 pm

    CEO Tom Curley

    All that comes to mind from this article is "woob woob woob".

  7. Parker 45 on January 20th, 2012 8:29 pm

    Agree with it.

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