With Fire and Fury
by Rice on September 5, 2017 - 11:14pm
CHOE SANG-HUN and DAVID E. SANGERAUG, on August 28th , 2017, wrote about the missile North Korea sent over Japan. As they explain, earlier this morning, North Korea sent their most provocative missile yet. It is thought North Korea has done this in response to the joint military drills the United States and South Korea have been doing. Furthermore, they point out an even scarier reality with this third missile test that has been done over Japan. The previous two were said to be carrying satellites into orbit. However, this time the North Korean government has released no statement at all. The authors also explain two major objectives that were realised from this test flight. The first being the terrorising aspect by reaffirming to its neighbors that a “Rogue nation” has nuclear capabilities. Furthermore, the trajectory of the missile was such that it could have easily hit most of the United States allies in Asia. Second of all, the missile was sent from a base in an outlying sector of North Korea, demonstrating to the United States, as Sang-hun and Sangeraug explain, that any threats the US may have manifested about a preemptive strike towards North Korea are all but futile (since there are more nuclear launch sites in many diverse regions of the country).
Personally, this crazy situation just keeps escalating at an impressive speed. One of the things I find important about news like this, is the fact that this information helps us citizens to keep not only our representatives accountable but also to help those that can’t keep there’s in check. How can we judge the reliability of news? First thing to do, is to check if other reputable sources also convey the same ideas. The second thing you check is, is this factual reporting or opinion reporting. If its factual, can you verify some of these facts. Finally you see if there are biases. We are all bias, to a certain extent and that’s okay. However if the author doesn’t say or if there’s nothing to indicate their declaration of intent of the article, then it’s going to cast some doubt on the whole article. I personally find the NewYork times in this case reliable, for three reasons. The first reason, being the confidence they have aquired from me from previous reliable articles, I trust this authority. The second reason, is this is a factual reporting, not opinion base. Finally I can verify these facts ,via various other news outlets (For example: CNN,TVA,ect). North Korea has indeed, sent missiles over Japan.