Norman Pearlstine on Journalism During a Global Crisis and Jung H. Pak on the Real Power of North Korea

May 14, 2020, 01:47 AM

LA Times executive editor Norman Pearlstine discusses the challenges of running a newspaper in the midst of a worldwide pandemic, and Brookings Institute senior fellow Jung H. Pak warns against underestimating the strength and guile of Kim Jong-un.

Balanced, accurate and informative journalism is possibly more important now than it ever has been. Yet with financial limitations and logistical nightmares a plenty, publishing the most important stories in an rapidly changing world is no easy task. Los Angeles Times executive editor Norman Pearlstine expounds on the precautions his newspaper has taken, as well as the need to shift focus away from from Europe and North America. In that same vein, Brookings Institute senior fellow and former CIA analyst Jung H. Pak explains how the often maligned and misunderstood dictator of North Korea poses a greater threat to global peace than many anticipate, as laid out in her book “Becoming Kim Jong Un: A Former CIA Officer’s Insights into North Korea’s Enigmatic Young Dictator."