I have posted before about how the Korean left likes to use religious groups for moral cover to push their left wing agendas against the Korean right. Their most recent example is using Buddhist monks to push their election influencing agenda:
Spurred by the latest revelation about South Korean government’s systemic interference in the latest presidential election, more and more religious leaders have begun to speak out. Following Catholic leaders’ mass candlelight vigils, the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism held a protest at Jogyesa- the chief temple of the Order. Prominent citizen journalist @Mediamongu tweeted this image with short description [ko]. [Global Voices]
The Jogye order of Korean Buddhism was also involved in the violent US Beef Protests back in 2008 that was an attempt early in the administration of former President Lee Myung-bak to tarnish him to make him less effective as a President. The Korean left is now trying to do the same thing to President Park Geun-hye with the election influencing claims. These claims are about as stupid as the US beef protests. The Korean left wants people to believe that people working for the National Intelligence Service (NIS) leaving Tweets is what allowed her to win the election. Are Korean voters that stupid that Tweets defending Park’s policies would allow her to win the election? That is what the Korean left wants people to believe:
Agents from the National Intelligence Service of South Korea posted more than 1.2 million Twitter messages last year to try to sway public opinion in favor of Park Geun-hye, then a presidential candidate, and her party ahead of elections in 2012, state prosecutors said on Thursday……………………………..
Prosecutors have indicted several top intelligence officials, including Won Sei-hoon, the former director of the spy agency, on charges of ordering an online smear campaign against opposition candidates in violation of election law. A team of agents posted online messages that lauded government policies while ridiculing Ms. Park’s opposition rivals as untrustworthy pro-North Korean sympathizers ahead of the parliamentary election in April last year and the subsequent presidential election, they said.
But the prosecutors could not clarify how the operation affected the result of the elections. Ms. Park, who won her election by one million votes, has said she neither ordered nor benefited from such a campaign. [New York Times]
What I would like to see is how many of the Tweets were untrue? According to the NY Times they left Tweets that the left was untrustworthy and North Korean sympathizers. Judging by their past behavior this all true, not that the right is any better when it comes trustworthiness, but at least you can count on them to not sell out the country to the North Koreans:
- Spy Ring Uncovered in South Korea; Linked to Anti-US Movement
- North Korean Spy Leaks US Military Cost Sharing Info
Also the Korean left does not seem too concerned that people on their side that work for the government as well as many in the news media constantly make up stuff as well to smear the Korean right. Where the Korean right went wrong was using the NIS to leave Tweets; you would think these folks would be smart enough to have a surrogate do it for them? This shows how incompetent the effort was and thus not a serious attempt to sway the election in the first place.