Are Political Scandals Being Buried By Celebrity Gossip?

When there is a piece of high-profile celebrity news, some netizens claim that it is an attempt by the government to cover up some political trouble. On the other hand, some other netizens have dismissed such claims as baseless and paranoid, as shown in the comment section of the following article from popular conservative politics blog ‘Liberalism’.

From Liberalism:

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1. The timing is suspicious… The news buried by celebrity dating news?!
2. This post received 130,000 Likes on Facebook.
3. They claimed that important political news was buried by celebrity marriage and dating news on May 14th and 15th.
4. Maybe you heard the claim that the government releases celebrity dating news or scandals to keep unfavorable news from spreading. But is this really true?
5. I looked up some other “buried” news from May 14th and 15th.
6. I thought Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon’s son’s military duty evasion scandal was over. But Mayor Park needs to go to court as a witness. What’s going on??
7. A very famous doctor keeps raising suspicions! This important news wasn’t well-known because of the celebrity dating news… How spine-chilling.
8. Another one! Troubled opposition party lawmaker Moon Jae-in was set to release a ground-breaking statement, “I will not compromise with my party members who are not pro Roh Mu-hyun.” This statement was canceled over objections from leading lawmakers.
9. What can we learn from these “buried” news stories from May 14th and 15th? The fact that it was not only the news articles unfavorable to the government that were buried because of celebrity dating and marriage news.
10. In fact, no news was “buried”. Everything was in the news all day long. It’s just that those conspiracy theorists were not aware of it because they have no interest in politics.
11. “As a democratic citizen, I should let other people know about this!” They might have been thinking like that while pressing “Like” for these conspiracy posts…
12. But if you pay even a little attention, you would realize how ridiculous a claim is that political news is buried by celebrity gossip.
13. The President is not omnipotent like God. Do you believe that the govt. can schedule a Hallyu star’s marriage and tell a popular comedian to get caught drunk driving? Even when it was actually the opposition’s bad press that got buried?
14. Don’t indulge in sensational conspiracy theories. Pay attention to politics on a regular basis. What really shouldn’t be buried is complex and boring. Remember, if you don’t know the problem, you can’t prevent it.

Comments from Liberalism:
Dong Hyun Kim

There are some kids who tag their friends for those conspiracy articles, saying they “knew it.” I find them extremely annoying.

Minju Kim

They only watch TV channels like MNET. They don’t usually follow current affairs. They just find it cool to press “Like” for unfounded OhMyNews articles. They have no idea at all what both ruling and opposition party members are doing with their tax money. Even when politicians make empty statements to get more votes, those who don’t follow politics do not even recognize it ㅠㅠ


“Ah, I dunno but the government is just trying to cover up something, you knowㅠ.ㅜ”

Carl F Lee

If you read what they say, it is them who forcefully create a delusion that the government is covering up something, ke ke. They sniff around for any articles that trash talk the government. And then whenever some mundane celebrity news is up, they say, “I knew it! I found a conspiracy! These celebrity articles are covering up something for the government!” They upload posts like that on their own “enlightened citizens” internet forum. Then they all agree among each other saying they got goosebumps and the government shouldn’t try to deceive such enlightened citizens like them.

Jaeyong Lee

Little missy is playing a trick. [Pun on the conspiracy meme “The timing is suspicious”.]

キム テヨン

There is no hope for those kids who claim that we should pay attention to politics whenever there is some celebrity dating news after hearing about something somewhere.

Moohyun Jang

“Ah, I dunno but I’m just an enlightened citizenㅠ.ㅠ”


Everything is the truth in front of a bamboo spear. [Using the bamboo spear meme.]


Most kids who press “Like” for such conspiracy theories are those who don’t usually pay attention to political and social issues, ke ke. These idiots think the President can control everything, ke.

Wonjae Sin

What the hell is the government covering up? Go home and cover up yourself well with your blanket in bed.


They should blame their own level of awareness that makes it possible for such celebrity gossip to bury political news in their mind, ke ke ke ke ke ke.


Those guys must have played the “King game” a lot. “No 1 and No 3, I tell you to get married now!”

Dong Jin Kim

This reminds me of comedian Lee Gyeong-gyu’s wise remark that it gets scary when an ignorant person is armed with faith.

Harvey Kim

Ke ke ke ke, those people have no interest in politics in the first place. They just check the news only when there is some dating scandal.


They just use social media all day checking their celebrity gossip. How do they expect to be aware of current affairs if they only follow celebrity news? Fucking idiots.


Aren’t they the kids who usually don’t care about politics but pay attention to it only when there is some big celebrity news??


Because celebrity news is more fun and easy to read. So they mainly read celebrity news and it ends up looking like political news has been buried in their mind. Even if you can’t read newspapers regularly, try to pay attention to different topics at least.


It isn’t only bad that they press “Like” for conspiracy articles. If you want to sort out people on your Facebook, you can block those who press “Like” for such posts. This is such a good way [to get rid of bad Facebook friends].


Chung Mong-joon Jr. has been on a winning streak for a year.


Those who tag their friends and say they knew it are the funniest, ke ke ke.


I wholeheartedly agree. There are people who turn a blind eye to complex current affairs and economic issues and only read entertainment news. They tend to fall into conspiracy theories quickly. They just don’t like how things are in society but they don’t even know or care why. They just buy into ridiculous rumors and masturbate saying it’s not their own fault that they are ignorant about current affairs.


Huh….if they read newspapers or just open the politics section of internet news sites, they can see it all…..

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