The AP is hosting an event on social media in North Korea, with the AP’s Eric Carvin and its Korea Bureau Chief, Jean H. Lee. Thanks to the readers who let me know.
The conversation was dead — no one seemed all that interested the AP’s views on social media amid the re-declaration of Korean War II — so I decided to stimulate a livelier discussion by asking whether the AP will ever reveal its agreements with KCNA, whether it pays North Korea anything under them, and whether AP should be more forthcoming with its readers about those arrangements, given the potential for conflicts of interest.
Oddly enough, rather than start a lively discussion, my questions seem to have thrown a wet blanket over things. (It’s the sort of uncomfortable silence you associate with the first Thanksgiving after the sex offender comes home from prison, right after Uncle Bob asks Ray and Nancy why they didn’t bring the kids.)
Hey, maybe your questions will liven things up a little. And then again, maybe the AP’s silence will speak volumes about its fearlessness and independence, or even reveal that North Korea has found a way to censor America’s most influential media organization, wherever it speaks.