Dennis Rodman befriends North Korean dictator

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Dennis Rodman returned from North Korea with a positive impression of dictator Kim Jong Un. He had nothing but great things to say about the North Korean leader who starves his own people: “I love him. The guy is awesome. He was so honest.”

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman speaks to the media at the Pyongyang Airport (AP Photo/Kyodo News)
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman speaks to the media at the Pyongyang Airport. (AP Photo/Kyodo News)

Bonding over a shared love of basketball and getting drunk with the dictator’s entourage sure sounds like a cozy way to visit a country where 3.5 million people have starved to death since 1995. But it requires a bit of willful ignorance to scoop up the state propaganda and be used as a dupe for their domestic state-run media, which is also likely to portray the diminutive dictator as an all-time dunking champ.

In a rambling interview on ABC News’ “This Week,” Rodman defended his trip and his budding friendship with Kim, telling George Stephanopoulos: “I don’t condone what he does, but as far as a person to person, he’s my friend,” and then went on to the fetid well of moral equivalence to dismiss the prison camps and reports of mass murder as “just politics.”
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