June 20, 2017

AP and Its ‘Experts’ Can’t ‘Make Sense of’ North Korea’s Mistreatment of Otto Warmbier

Otto Warmbier, the 22-year-old student from Wyoming, Ohio and the University of Virginia who was returned to his family in a coma last week after being imprisoned in North Korea for over a year, died on Monday. Tuesday morning, the Associated Press and “experts” it consulted somehow found the communist nation’s treatment of Warmbier “one of the more perplexing and heart-rending developments in North Korea’s long, antagonistic standoff with its neighbors and Washington.” A reading of AP’s “analysis” indicates that it’s fair to claim that restrictions North Korea has placed on the wire service in return for its presence there have pervasively affected the credibility of all of its reporting from and even about that country.

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Positivity: RIP, Otto Warmbier (Official Family Statement)

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 9:05 am

I don’t know how a family suffering such a devastating loss issues such a positive statement. But they did, and they deserve plaudits for it.

Here it is (original here):

CINCINNATI, OHIO — 6/19/17 — The following statement is issued at the request of Fred & Cindy Warmbier and family:

It is our sad duty to report that our son, Otto Warmbier, has completed his journey home. Surrounded by his loving family, Otto died today at 2:20 p.m.

It would be easy at a moment like this to focus on all that we lost — future time that won’t be spent with a warm, engaging, brilliant young man whose curiosity and enthusiasm for life knew no bounds. But we choose to focus on the time we were given to be with this remarkable person. You can tell from the outpouring of emotion from the communities that he touched — Wyoming, Ohio and the University of Virginia to name just two — that the love for Otto went well beyond his immediate family.

We would like to thank the wonderful professionals at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center who did everything they could for Otto. Unfortunately, the awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensure that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today.

When Otto returned to Cincinnati late on June 13th he was unable to speak, unable to see and unable to react to verbal commands. He looked very uncomfortable — almost anguished. Although we would never hear his voice again, within a day the countenance of his face changed — he was at peace. He was home and we believe he could sense that.

We thank everyone around the world who has kept him and our family in their thoughts and prayers. We are at peace and at home too.

- Fred & Cindy Warmbier and Family

Keep this wonderful family in your prayers.

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (062017)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.