Very disturbing questions raised by secret agreement made between the AP and the North Korean Ministry of Propaganda and Agitation
Is the Associated Press a willing collaborator with Pyongyang? AP top management refuses to answer that question.
Fortunately, the excellent and embarrassed reporters of the AP are more than willing to do their job to bring the unfiltered truth to free people.
Stay tuned for an article on the inside scoop of the ethical compromises that North Korea requires the free press to agree to, in writing, in order to cut a deal with world’s most repressive government.
By Nate Thayer
November 21, 2014
I will be publishing an article in the next several days, which corporate PR hacks of the Associated Press just messaged me regarding. Below is the message of the AP Director of Media Relations and my response:
Thank you for your list of requests regarding AP’s bureau in Pyongyang.
Your recent blogging about AP in North Korea and your additional writing about AP on Facebook present such a strikingly hostile view that it clearly would be unproductive to discuss our bureau operations with you.
Director of AP Media Relations
The information contained in this communication is intended for the use
of the designated recipients named above. If the reader of this
communication is not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified
that you have received this communication in error, and that any review,
dissemination, distribution or copying of this communication is strictly
prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please
notify The Associated Press immediately by telephone at +1-212-621-1898
and delete this email. Thank you.
And my response:
“Dear Mr. Colford:
Thanks for your most revealing email.
As you know, I quite intentionally never sent you a message. My “list of requests regarding AP’s bureau in Pyongyang” was a formality I scribbled after I already obtained the information I sought.
I have been on to your sordid sort for a while.
I sent my questions to other, actual journalists with real jobs who could–unlike yourself– actually answer them, including John Daniszewski, Senior Managing Editor of International News of The Associated Press.
I understand you are in charge of the AP Public Relations department, which you seem to have confirmed by your entirely useless, non-substantive response.
What exactly do they pay you people to do, anyways?
Certainly not, in my 30 year experience as a journalist, to offer any useful or accurate information .
Why on earth would any sane journalist send you, of all people, a message? I did not message you because I don’t need to.
I spent months speaking with actual AP reporters who do actual work for the Associated Press–exactly as I did as an AP bureau chief and correspondent when I worked for the AP when you were a young pup looking for a purpose in life.
I hate to break it to you, pal, but you are, to be blunt, irrelevant.
My job is to gather information to organize a documented, fair, well sourced story of interest to the common good.
Your job is to separate the truth from free people.
For the record, I oppose that.
All that my life work stands for and has meaning, you are against.
On your good days, PR hacks are a running sore seeping puss obfuscating the truth. Normally, you just are common liars.
A s a reporter with no allegiance to anyone but my readers, I find your entire genre and profession anathema.
If I was drunk–which I am not, unfortunately, after having read your annoying missive–I would probably say you are Satan’s messenger. But sober–and I am trying to kind here-my off the cuff take here is that you are a common street-walker to my high-class hooker, as it were.
Honestly, let me give you some unsolicited advice: You PR hacks, really, should get a real job. Hopefully you have bankrolled enough already off the backs of us journalists who actually work for a living to take a reprieve and get retrained to do something that actually contributes to the greater good.
You are, quite frankly, the enemy of bringing unfiltered truth to the common good. Your entire professional raison d’être is really not much different from a ten-cent, drug addled street hooker–you guys just get paid more for lying about how much you are enthralled by your paying clients package.
Once you are separated from your Brooks Brothers off the rack suit and your expense account, really, what else is left?
Certainly not the truth.
While I appreciate–mainly because it gave me fodder for this rough draft rant– your unsolicited message, there is a reason I never contacted you: because you have never worked for a living involving, nor have first hand knowledge of, any issue I am interested in reporting on.
I have no use for you. PR hacks are like an annoying drunk in a packed bar–sort of hard to extricate oneself from but always a pain in the ass.
You are irrelevant to me. You are, on your best days, a minor distraction, like a mosquito in a malarial zone. An ever-present threat who contributes nothing positive.
Let us be honest here: PR hacks are nothing but trained professional liars–a metastasized cancer currently infecting free societies whose purpose is to separate the truth from free people. What makes you different from a street-walker for hire available to stake out whatever dark alley is controlled by the guy flashing the biggest wad of cash in his pocket?
I learned long ago that, as a rule, you people just take orders from whatever pimp supports your habit, willing to get on your knees and unzip the pants of whoever shows the most cash first, and committed only , in your case, to running interference on bringing accurate truth to the common good of free people everywhere.
That is why I never contacted you. And why I had my ducks in order before you could ever become aware of the topic I am interested in reporting on, so you could fuck it up.
I hate to break it to you, Paul, but the horse is already out of your barn. I have already spoken to dozens of people who–unlike yourself– actually produce work for the AP. I work from the bottom up. I took considerable care to prevent you from interfering before I obtained the information that would be substantive for my story.
I suspect you will now get on the horn and try to intimidate and prevent the actual hard-working AP employees who have devoted their lives to bring the truth to AP readers.
Honestly, you are a bit late for that.
If you do, I suspect they will quite happily detail your sordid attempt to obfuscate or censor the truth, as well. I look forward to that, as it will make a quite nice sidebar to the main story.
Which, by the way, is ready to publish despite your attempt to become a player in a game which has already concluded.
I always wait to message you PR people immediately prior to publishing what accurate, cogent, corroborated, information of import to the common good of free people I already have obtained.
So thanks for your message saying that the Associated Press formally has no comment to 31 substantive, specific questions I meticulously wrote and onpassed to numerous AP employees. Thankfully, I already received substantive replies to all the questions from people with real jobs who work for the AP.
That was the plan.
A bit more unsolicited advice, Paul: Remember, it is not usually when someone fucks up which is the scandal: It is the cover up.
That is your job.
Good luck with that.
I am sure we will be in touch soon–I am guessing shortly after my article which you refused to comment on is published.
Best of luck,
Here is the unredacted text of the letter sent to the Associated Press which prompted the above exchange: