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Say you’re the South Korean government and you want to drum up a fresh round of sympathetic press coverage about Dokdo (Takeshima to the Japanese). What do you do? You invite a dozen foreign journalists to visit the disputed islets, sit back and wait for reporters to file their stories.
Ta-da! Dokdo makes the front page of the Washington Post and scores some airtime on CNN. Neither story reveals anything new, but both inevitably focus on the Korean perspective of the dispute due to the simple fact that you won’t find any Japanese people to interview on Dokdo. See? Foolproof press strategy.
The CNN report is worth watching to take in the striking beauty of the islets and to hear the awkward but diplomatically neutral way that the network’s Seoul correspondent signs off: “Paula Hancocks, CNN, on the disputed islands of Dokdo or Takeshima.”