8 thoughts on “Otto Warmbier’s Father’s Statement”

  1. It’s amusing to contemplate what North Korea received in the negotiation for the lad’s release.

    NK must have received something. Something financial or otherwise beneficial to the NK economy. Possibly even something personally beneficial to the dear leader.

    It’s amusing to anticipate what scandal will emerge from the eventual press exposure of what the details of that “deal” were.

    1. By the way, pray tell, where’s the EVIDENCE that Obama “did nothing. No letters, no communication. Nothing”?!!!!

      Where’s the evidence?

      That matters, doesn’t it? You know, like, the basics. Evidence.

      Elementary, no?


      1. Everybody thinks they know standards and rules of journalism but they don’t, unless they have faced editors, and fact checkers, with copy–so let me explain why you are wrong John.

        Journalism relies upon as one of its spindles something known as the QUOTE. This is what a given person who must be identified by name and relation to the story, has said or is alleged to have said. The news outlet only has to quote relevant persons fairly and accurately. If the father of the tragic young man, Otto Warmbier, SAID the family got no help from Obama, then that quote stands until it his challenged. That does not provide “proof” Obama did nothing, but rather, proof that a central player said he did nothing. If the quote is challenged in the future, the story pinwheels further.

        An honor system in the almighty QUOTE has always been the foundation of a free press.

        If that father said it, the father said it.

        I hope that clarifies for you.

        1. Are you saying journalists report quotes as factual evidence, regardless of what the quote claims, and without any regard for checking whether or not the claim being quoted is reliable?

          I have “faced editors, and fact checkers, with copy”, in the many court cases for which I’ve written briefs, motions, analyses of depositions, examinations, cross examinations, etc.

          It’s true that I do not know the “spindles” upon which “[j]ournalism relies”, and that’s why I ask the preceding question.

          1. Isn’t it part of the job of a journalist’s editor, to ensure that the reportage is corroborated, before going to press?

            1. Here are the standards, many would be surprised:

              Magazine standard:

              Facts and quotes are checked by fact checkers who work with reporter to verify everything. Tapes are submitted, and/or transcripts, AND sources are called to have their quotes paraphrased back to them, but not read back to them in toto.

              Notes can suffice as proof when a reporter has not recorded the interview.

              Newspapers: Not fact checked. Reporters are trusted. Mistakes are corrected post publication of somebody calls attention.

              Books: Not fact checked.

              TV, radio, etc: People speak in real time.

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