|From left: Kim Jong-il on May 23 (Chinese media), June 2 (NK media), July 12 (Chinese media), and July 29 (NK media)|
|North Korea's crack team of levitating amputees inspects flood damage in Pyongyang|
The AP got a lot of flak from the hawkish crowd for setting up a Pyongyang bureau last month, but I think it will do more good than harm in the long run for those who hope to open up the regime and expose its secrets. The regime may see the AP presence as a propaganda victory and its reporters as easily manipulated tools, but in the long run the extra exposure will be impossible for regime's propagandists to manage. They are accustomed to an isolated, credulous population that has no choice but to accept their goods wholesale; they are not used to the challenge of dealing with a global networked audience, and they will continue shooting themselves in the feet with careless mistakes like these.