• 금정산

    Political news isn’t burried by celebrity news; it’s that celebrity news is so prolific in the Korean media. Koreans love to gossip and watch the lives of celebrities – that’s all it is.

    Koreans distrust the government but should turn their attention to chaebols and their influence in government and media. Chaebols provide revenue for traditional media by placing advertisements. So when a negative story appears about a company, the media gives moderate details and cannot speak badly against the chaebol.

    • TheDickinDixie

      Yep.

      The Korean public themselves are to blame.

      If they find themselves distracted by celebrity nonsense, then they should take a long look at themselves before pointing the finger elsewhere.

      But really, there are almost zero consequences to the stories that do make the news anyway, so I wonder why anyone would bother with such an elaborate plan.

      Look at the Keangnam scandal, only 2 people will face charges and by the time they go to court it will be forgotten anyway.

      Or the 위메프 ‘boycott’ which lasted until customers got a 5000 won coupon a day or so later.

      Or take a look at the almost complete lack of coverage of the case between Lonestar and the Korean Govt.

      I thought it was bad enough in the UK with our freakshow of a monarchy, but Korea is on a different level.

  • Dan

    Honestly, I think it would be the media’s fault rather than government pressure. Media is focused on making money, and celebrity gossip is naturally more lucrative than anything else.

    So the news focuses on whatever makes money, leaving out more important but boring/hard-to-understand things. Happens all the time, sadly

  • LostRambler

    People generally tend to focus on what their interested in. If your more politically minded your more likely to be aware of whats going on where as if your into the arts your more likely to be in to it and thus know more about it so in that aspect it is somewhat hard to call it a conspiracy.

    However that being said the rate at which the media is controlled in Korea is honestly frightening. Especially with articles being taken down across multiple sites that if you have a busy life are honestly easy to miss. But considering koreas laws on defamation being irregardless of truth i guess it is understandable that journalists and websites are less inclined to risk lawsuits.

  • The K-media and K-public are to blame here. The media churns out fresh gossip and rumours as articles and their stalkersentertainment reporters do an excellent job of invading the privacy of these K-celebrities who for some reason deserve it because of their job status (but that’s a discussion for another time). This increases the view count of these articles, making them more popular, and soon the search engine rankings are filled with key-words associated with the celebrity scandal.

    A large number of celebrity related articles have “So-So’s Political Scandal is still going on but this has been released to cover it up” in he top 10 comments. K-public need to be more conscious of what’s going on the political front rather than devoting their attention to celebrity news.

  • x1sfg

    It’s the same at least in the US.

    Fast and Furious, Benghazi, Clinton tapes, the IRS scandal, spying on American citizens, police brutality, almost everything the GOP and the Dems do, the “free trade” bill. Nope, people are more concerned with Kanye and Kim.

  • ThinkStraight2Disqus

    Koreans do not trust Korean politicians for good reason. Majority of them are corrupt.

  • Radical Truth

    You need to study, read Chosun Dynasty and Meiji Period history to understand bigger picture.

  • fk political news
    i want to know
    is my suzy happy with lee min-ho

  • Man Bang Ho

    Well Kimchinks are dumb when it comes to politics anyway. Basically regionalism and blaming others is what Korean politics is. That they love their celebrity and brand names is just another thing that kimchinks do and show how retarded they actually are. if it wasn’t for Western Interference and support South Korea would still be a third world country and a top sex tourism destination.

  • kasey307

    I think it’s a little bit of both.

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