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Yes, Some Media Outlets Did Ignore the Death of Steve Jobs

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The media went "into full swing," as Adweek put it yesterday, covering the death of Apple founder Steve Jobs.

The Huffington Post described it as "wall-to-wall coverage," and the announcement that Jobs had died prompted a record 10,000 tweets per second on microblogging site Twitter.

Time, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Newsweek are among the publications planning special Steve Jobs issues, and one would imagine the rest of the world will follow.

But, if you think there can't possibly be anyone who is unaware of Jobs' passing, you'd be incorrect.

North Korea's state-run news agency KCNA gave the news short shrift, concentrating instead on such breaking news as "Kim Jong Il Gives Field Guidance to Raknang Disabled Soldiers′ Essential Plastic Goods Factory," and "KCNA Commentary Accuses U.S. of Building Nuclear War Commanding System."

While those in Pyongyang may not know Steve Jobs is no longer with us, they're still being kept informed by KCNA's crack newsroom about what they need to know.

Top story?

"Kim Jong Il Gives Field Guidance to Phyongsong Synthetic Leather Factory" -- and in the absence of diplomatic, trade, or any other form of relations between the US and North Korea, pesky IP laws shouldn't prevent displaying the story in full:

Pyongyang, October 7 (KCNA) -- Kim Jong Il, general secretary of the Workers' Party of Korea and chairman of the National Defence Commission of the DPRK, gave field guidance to Phyongsong Synthetic Leather Factory.

Going round a room dedicated to the history of the factory, he looked back with deep emotion on the undying leadership feats of President Kim Il Sung and the shining path covered by the factory under the wise guidance of the party.

Visiting various places of the factory, leader Kim Jong Il acquainted himself in detail with the production and the technological specifications of equipment.

Looking with keen attention at the processes of producing synthetic leather by way of coating stitched cotton pieces with plastics, he expressed great satisfaction with the production of quality goods.

The President paid deep attention to solving the footwear issue of the people in his lifetime, he said, praising the workers of the factory for having made big achievements by increasing the synthetic leather production capacity and modernizing the equipment true to the intention of the President.

Kim Jong Il was pleased that the factory has big production capacity and all its processes ranging from the feeding of raw materials to forwarding are automated.

He dropped in at an exhibition room where he watched synthetic leather including outer coating and lining materials for shoes, shoes and injection-molded canvas shoes, bags, belts and jumper, etc. made of synthetic leather produced by the factory. He estimated their high quality.

The factory has an important duty and role to play, he said, advancing tasks which would serve as guidelines for the management and operation of the factory.

He called for modernizing the factory on a higher level and introducing advanced technology to boost the production of quality synthetic leather.

Generally, synthetic leather has such shortcomings as lower tension, flexure and sweat absorption than natural leather, he said, calling for building ultra-modern water-proof plastic canvas production process and modern stitched cotton pieces production process to solve these problems.

He personally solved matters arising in putting the factory on a modern basis as required by the new century.

Accompanying him were Kim Ki Nam, member of the Political Bureau and secretary of the Central Committee of the WPK, Kim Kyong Hui, member of the Political Bureau and department director of the WPK Central Committee, Jang Song Thaek, alternate member of the Political Bureau of the WPK Central Committee and vice-chairman of the NDC, Pak To Chun, alternate member of the Political Bureau and secretary of the WPK Central Committee, Hong In Bom, chief secretary of the South Phyongan Provincial Committee of the WPK, and Pak Pong Ju, first vice department director of the WPK Central Committee. -0-

In fairness, KCNA did run a sizable piece on apples -- not Apple -- and the "field guidance" given by Kim Jong Il to workers at the Ryongjon Fruit Farm:

Cuban national newspaper Granma
was devoid of Jobs coverage as well, opting instead for "Brazilian President receives Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez," "Raúl receives Congolese President," and "Havana: Africa and the Caribbean making history through film."

Finally, Iran's PressTV did cover the death of Jobs, running a short excerpt from Apple's official statement, filled out slightly with a few basics about Apple.

The readers' comments expressed the same sort of heartfelt sentiments seen on thousands of other websites, leaving messages like, "rest in peace steve,you gave it your best till the very end!" from "Mo," and someone named "Ashraf" wrote, "He accomplished so much in his 56 years than many in several life times.....May he rest in peace....."

However, "Anonymous" went all out, representing the warmth of PressTV's audience in just a few words, with this touching homage:


Hmmm...must be why there's no Apple store yet in Tehran.
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