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Mizar5, I completely agree with this assessment of "Kimmy": "Actually, I'm quite enjoying this conversation, Kimmy. You are by far the most reasonable Korean debator I have ever encountered. Although your opinions are frigthfully ill informed and your judgement yet undeveloped, you actually employ logic rather than emotionalism - something I have never before seen a Korean apologist do. I fervently hope that more Koreans will emulate your example and begin to engage in dialogue." As a political theorist by training, I wanted to clobber Kimmy for his flagrant ignorance in both political theory and western political history when he babbled about "ideal" "democracy" being something like on-the street mob rule. But I am restraining myself, given that he is more civil and at least employs, however poorly, the surface accoutrements of logical argumentation.
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Kimmy, Who cares if the author is a U.S. citizen? American has its yellow journalism too. Unless I actually know the author to be a reputable reporter or scholar, I can't take anything on Ohmynews seriously. This is a rag where one of its editors actually defend the paper's propensity to make up facts: http://metropolitician.blogs.com/scribblings_of_the_metrop/2005/11/the_irrelevance.html (see Todd Thacker's reply)
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3gyupsal, Good point; many television pundits don't have the necessary qualifications--even in the U.S. I suppose Olbermann is more conspicuous for me, because he is so obnoxious and grating in his persona.
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Like you, I am not a fan of MBC or "PD Notebook" (or even free speech--at least in the context of a country like Korea), but, as you noted, the program did expose Dr. Hwang. That certainly took courage, and I think it ought to balance out, and even blot out, the blatant misreporting here.
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How did Olbermann become a pundit anyways? Wasn't he a sports announcer?
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jandkshiday, Most ambassadors are either political appointees or career State Dept. generalist diplomats. While it would help if an Ambassador could speak the language of the nation where he's stationed at, it would be an anomaly and unreasonable to expect it.
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