North Koreans Still Waiting to Hear About Glorious World Cup Victory


While we Americans celebrate our exhilarating World Cup victory, and prepare our respective livers for Saturday afternoon's game against Ghana, many North Koreans are still awaiting word on how their team fared against Portugal earlier this week. Surely, with Kim Jong Il personally providing tactical advice during games via invisible cell phones, they must have performed valiantly and with great success, right?

North Korea succumbed 7–0, and the result does not appear to have been reported in the North Korean press. No sign of it in North Korea’s main newspaper — accessible by a Japan-based portal — and, so far, the official North Korean news agency has not yet gotten to the story. Instead, lead pieces for the day include “Revenge-vowing Meetings Held,” “Russian Dance Company Performs” and “US, Provoker of Korean War.”

We're sure they'll get around to reporting the devastatingly embarrassing loss in due time, but for now, wall-to-wall coverage of revenge-vowing meetings — the best type of meetings by far — obviously needs to be a priority.

How Did It Play in Pyongyang? [Letter From China/New Yorker via Andrew Sullivan]