The Korea Times is pissed off because it appears USFK finally got sick of the KT’s sensationalism:
The United States Forces Korea (USFK) is accused of forcing media to report under its guidelines, and when they don’t, denying them access.
In response to the latest such case, the Defense Press Corps, composed of 25 outlets, is scheduled to hold a meeting Tuesday.
The latest case involves The Korea Times’ report on the April 13 front-page interview article with U.S. Army Maj. Gen. John A. Macdonald, titled, “Korea, US closer on missile defense.”
The interview was conducted April 11 amid the brouhaha over North Korea’s rocket launch so the focus was the timing of what the North claimed to be a satellite launch.
Macdonald predicted the launch would be made around noon on April 14 and his forecast was included in the first edition, but was dropped for the second edition in response to a USFK request. The launch took place on April 13.
But the USFK Public Affairs Office (PAO), however, raised the issue with the Times’ defense correspondent over the article, arguing that it should have been a human interest story.
It then didn’t invite the correspondent to an ensuing important media event on April 17, a press conference by Admiral Samuel Locklear, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command.
Korean journalists sought Tuesday’s meeting after finding out that The Korea Times was excluded from attending it after refusing to comply with some requests by the USFK PAO.
An insider from the USFK confirmed that the PAO prohibited The Korea Times from taking part in Admiral Locklear’s press meeting because it was upset at the newspaper for refusing to make major changes in its interview with Macdonald. [Korea Times]
You can read the rest of the article that turns into a screed at the link. This article is a perfect example of why the Korea Times, which was once a fine publication has become nothing more than a tabloid in recent years, which is probably why USFK has finally decided to treat them like the National Enquirer of Korea that they are.