SOUTH KOREA: Pleasing the Press

There has clearly been no shortage of work for South Korean journalists in the past few weeks.

Last month, Park Geun-hye was elected President of South Korea. An event as important as a presidential election tends to get a lot of media attention, but even after the election, there is much work to be done. As Park Geun-hye prepares for her new role as President of South Korea, hundreds of reporters have been carefully observing her transition to the presidency, looking for the next big story.

However, new stories have been hard to come by. Park’s transition team carefully reviews and revises each new plan before they announce it, hoping to reduce criticism. Ironically, the slow rate at which they announce new ideas has come under criticism from the South Korean press.

The media found another reason to criticize Park’s administration last week, when someone on the President’s transition team told reporters that their computers could be hacked by North Korea. In an hour, the reporters were told that there was actually no threat to the security of their computers.

The criticism in this case was understandable. The media needs stories, but they need stories that will not be discredited as quickly as they are announced.

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