The very serious USA Today article about North Korea’s “Dear Leader” being re-elected with a 100% turnout and a margin of victory of 100% over his opponent, which was nobody, is funny when you consider that the reporter who drew the short straw and had to write it must have been busting a gut at the time.
AP 12:49 a.m. EDT March 10, 2014
PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — With no one else on the ballot, state media reported Monday that supreme leader Kim Jong Un was not only elected to the highest legislative body in North Korea, he won with the unanimous approval of his district, which had 100% turnout. …
… Voters in the election have no choice who to vote for — there is only one candidate’s name on the ballot for each district ….
I laud the reporter for keeping a straight face.
But the North Korean Twitter commissars had a read of that USA Today article, and somehow got from it that USA Today “lauds” the re-election of that totalitarian dictator commie.
U.S. newspaper lauds Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un on victory in unanimous reelection to Supreme People's Assembly. http://t.co/TQdpV89noI
— DPRK News Service (@DPRK_News) March 11, 2014
This phoniness demands a special kind of suspension of disbelief.
But to bring all the delusion back home, the IRS scandal targeting tea party groups is deemed by the Obama administration as “phony,” for example.