Really, you do. Some times the shit that comes out of state-run media is just so absurd, that you have to truly admire the chutzpah involved in doing so:
In one of the stories of the dead told by KCNA – effectively the state’s mouthpiece – Han Jong-suk, 56, a teacher, saved the lives of seven children but died rescuing pictures of Kim Jong-il and his late father, Kim Il-sung.
Two other of the dead, Choe Yong-il and Jon Tong-sik, were on a lunch break but rushed back to work on hearing the explosion, according to KCNA. “They were buried under the collapsing building to die a heroic death when they were trying to come out with portraits of President Kim Il-sung and leader Kim Jong-il,” it said.
Though dead, Kim Il-sung is still considered head of state, with his son the official “dear leader” and “Great General”. Portraits of the two are mandatory fixtures in every home, office and factory in the hardline communist state of 23 million. All adults are required to wear lapel pins bearing images of one or both Kims.
The prison diaries of North Korean defectors refer to people imprisoned for accidentally defacing portraits of the Kims. Kim Jong-il, 62, inherited power upon his father’s death in 1994 in the communist world’s only case of hereditary succession.
The KCNA report, which went to claim that many people rescued the portraits before their family members, could not be independently verified.
If this weren’t a tragedy, it would be downright funny. Then again, this isn’t a far cry from what you might hear coming out of FOX News at times.