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Should The Media Stop Paying So Much Attention To Dennis Rodman’s Exploits In North Korea?

Submitted by on January 13, 2014 – 10:50 am2 Comments

When former NBA star Dennis Rodman first revealed that he was traveling to North Korea to connect with the country’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un last year, everyone pretty much thought he was crazy. But at the same time, it did sound like he was doing it for a noble cause. The relations between North Korea and the rest of the world have become strained, at best, so Rodman wanted to go over there to use his celebrity in order to try and open up talks between Kim Jong-un and, well, the world. He also wanted to try and convince Kim Jong-un to free Kenneth Bae, a U.S. citizen who was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor last year for trying to do missionary work in North Korea. His intentions were good, or so it seemed.

However, at this point, Rodman hasn’t been able to accomplish a whole lot in North Korea. Sure, he convinced Kim Jong-un to allow him to coach the country’s national basketball team. He also convinced former NBA stars to visit the country last week to take part in an exhibition game. But earlier today, Rodman apologized for what’s been going on in North Korea lately and apologized for not being able to do more during his latest trip there.

“I’m sorry for what’s going on in North Korea,” he said, “the certain situations.”

It was a little unclear what “situations” he was apologizing for. But at the same time, does it really matter? After making several trips to North Korea over the course of the last year, Rodman has done little for diplomatic relations between North Korea and the rest of the world. And more often than not, he has done little more than cause a spectacle in North Korea with his own actions (just check out the bizarre interview he did with CNN last week).

So is it time for the media to stop covering his trips to North Korea altogether in order to send a message to him? Namely, that he’s not going to receive coverage simply for hanging out with Kim Jong-un. At this time, yes. The media should stop covering his trips to North Korea. Because as of right now, the trips aren’t doing him or anyone else any good. They’re only serving to entertain Kim Jong-un and to make Rodman look bad.

So until he can put together a trip that actually results in some real change, it’s time to ignore Rodman. His original idea to visit North Korea and spark change was good. But now, his relationship with Kim Jong-un has turned into a circus. And we’ve had about just about enough of it.

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