By Erik Crouch
The ever-vigilant North Korean state media have spent the past few days reporting that Kim Jong Un was awarded Time magazine’s “Person of the Year.”
Aside from the minor detail that Barack Obama was awarded the honor for this year, North Korea isn’t as utterly wrong as they could be: Kim Jong Un did win Time’s online reader poll last week. The poll, rigged by 4chan users, features the North Korean dictator winning by more than 3 million votes over second place. In a shocking coincidence, the first letter of each winner’s name forms the phrase “KJU GAS CHAMBERS.”
The North Korean media, masters of nuance that they are, released the news on December 18th:
The U.S. magazine The Time selected the dear respected Kim Jong Un as “man of 2012”.
Minor corrections are needed: the magazine is “Time,” not “The Time,” and it’s “Person of the Year” not “man of 2012.” Also, he wasn’t selected by the magazine. Time is a U.S. magazine, but that is the only true statement in the sentence.
Even if Kim had been named the official “Person of the Year”, this would not necessarily be the accolade the North Korean press thinks it is. The award supposedly goes to whichever person made the greatest impact in any given year, such as Adolf Hitler in 1938, Joseph Stalin in 1939 and 1942, and the Ayatollah Komeini in 1979.
Kim Jong Un, neither Man of Year nor http://www.theonion.com/articles/kim-jongun-named-the-onions-sexiest-man-alive-for,30379/“>Sexiest Man Alive, possesses an excellent (if unwitting) ability to show when state-run media aren’t in on the joke.