Accuracy in Media

A student who studied economics at the prestigious University of Virginia has been sentenced to 15 years in the North Korean gulag for stealing a banner praising the patriotic socialism of the late communist dictator Kim Jong Il. Otto Warmbier was on a trip to the communist workers’ paradise sponsored by Young Pioneer Tours, and apparently wanted a souvenir or memento.

It’s not clear if he was a Bernie Sanders-style socialist or a member of the campus Democratic club. In any case, he didn’t realize the power of the state. Perhaps he is a victim of academia or Sanders’ notion of socialism.

Washington Post columnist Christine Emba, in an article on our “socialist youth,” writes about how socialism seems to have become “the political orientation du jour among voters of a certain (read: young) age.” Emba says socialism has ceased to be a dirty word, and there’s nothing wrong with young people turning out in support of the “democratic socialist” Sanders.

“When Sanders’s critics raise the alarm about socialism’s return, they paint a picture of collectivization, supply shortages and totalitarian regimes,” she writes. “But in fact, the socialism that most millennials want is simply a return to a more muscular form of traditional liberalism, one that would have felt right at home in the administration of FDR.”

So is FDR’s New Deal to be found in North Korea? Perhaps Emba ought to devote some time and attention to the bloody record of 100 million dead from communism.

Despite running around the country as a “democratic socialist,” Sanders insists he is not a socialist or a communist. He says, “The next time you hear me attacked as a socialist…remember this: I don’t believe that government should take over the grocery store down the street, or control the means of production. But I believe that the middle class and the working families who produce the wealth of America deserve a fair deal.”

Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) National Political Committee Member David Green says, “Our goal as socialists is to abolish private ownership of the means of production.” That’s communism.

Sanders has appeared before various DSA conventions and rallies over the years and has been reported to be a member of DSA. He has thanked the group for supporting his various campaigns for public office. He hasn’t been asked by the media to comment on the fact that one of his prominent supporters in the Washington, D.C. area is a convicted former spy for the Soviet Union and East Germany who is still a member of the DSA.

DSA has signed on as a co-sponsor of Democracy Spring, a march from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. beginning April 2, with “actions” in the capital April 11-16 that are predicted to include “mass civil disobedience with a potential for arrests.”

It’s too bad Warmbier won’t be here to participate. Will Sanders travel to North Korea to get freedom for the American student?

“Welcome to Young Pioneer Tours, the first company to offer budget tours to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea [DPRK],” says the group that sponsored Warmbier’s trip to communist North Korea. It also sponsors tours to Cuba. The symbol of the tour group is a person holding a red flag with the hammer and sickle.

You may recall that the media discovered, through digging (because the Sanders campaign was not forthcoming), that Sanders lived in an Israeli commune whose members paraded around carrying red flags and were dedicated to Joseph Stalin. Sanders and his wife later went on a honeymoon to the Soviet Union.

Stalin engineered the North Korean invasion of South Korea, resulting in the deaths of 54,246 Americans.

In a question-and-answer section on the tour group’s website, we are told that North Korea is “Extremely safe!” and that “Despite what you may hear, North Korea is probably one of the safest places on Earth to visit. Tourism is very welcomed in North Korea, thus tourists are cherished and well taken care of. We have never felt suspicious or threatened at any time. In fact, North Koreans are super friendly and accommodating, if you let them into your world. Even during tense political moments tourism to the DPRK is never affected.”

You may have seen Warmbier crying on television and apologizing for his crimes against the communists. He blamed the United States, saying, “I wish that the United States administration never manipulate people like myself in the future to commit crimes against foreign countries. I entirely beg you, the people and government of the DPRK, for your forgiveness. Please! I made the worst mistake of my life!”

The University of Virginia Cavalier Daily described Warmbier as a third-year student in the McIntire School of Commerce, where he is pursuing a double major in commerce and economics.

Rather than insist that these students merely want a “more muscular form of traditional liberalism,” it would appear that some of these Sanders supporters desire socialism or full-blown communism.

“President Obama told a group of young people in Argentina not to worry about the differences between capitalism and communism and ‘just choose from what works,’” The Washington Times reports. Obama knows his Marxism. According to the Marxist dialectic, socialism is just one stage on the way to communism. What “works” is what works at a particular time in a particular country.

Obama had just left Cuba, which is a Marxist-Leninist single-party state.

Not much is known about the political views of student Otto Warmbier, but it’s a safe bet he was a victim of academia and the media regarding the nature of Marxism and Marxist regimes.

Did he not understand that the term “young pioneers” harkens back to the Young Pioneers in the Soviet Union? According to Russia Today’s Russiapedia, “…the Pioneers was militaristic in style with many symbols of hierarchy and the state. Flags, bugles and drums all helped to instill a sense of belonging to a cause, and young pioneers wore uniforms with badges of rank.”

Sanders has said, “I worry very, very much about an isolated country,” in regard to North Korea. He says it’s “a very, very strange country because it is so isolated, and I do feel that a nation with nuclear weapons, they have got to be dealt with.”

Yet, on February 10, when the U.S. Senate approved new sanctions on North Korea for its nuclear tests by a 96-0 vote, Sanders was absent. “GOP presidential candidates Marco Rubio of Florida and Ted Cruz of Texas came off the campaign trail to cast their votes on the important national security issue, while Democratic 2016 hopeful Bernie Sanders of Vermont did not,” CNN reported.

Clinton campaign spokesman Jesse Ferguson said, “It is unfortunate that yet again, Senator Sanders has shown a lack of interest in vital national security issues, failing to vote on sanctions against the country he said poses the greatest threat to the United States.”

How exactly is the Sanders brand of socialism different from that practiced in the DPRK? Perhaps Warmbier can now enlighten us.

“The DPRK is an independent socialist state representing the interests of all the Korean people,” the government’s official website declares. “The socialist system of the Republic is a people-centered social system in which the masses of the working people are the masters of everything and everything in society serves them. In accordance with the nature of its socialist system, the Government of the Republic defends and protects the interests of workers, peasants and intellectuals and all other working people who have become masters of state and society, free from exploitation and oppression.”

Was Warmbier a true believer? Or was he duped like so many of the others?

Come on, Bernie. Demonstrate your commitment to democratic socialism by traveling to North Korea to get the American student back. Denounce the regime. Stand up for freedom.

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  • sox83cubs84

    The kid may be a Sanders supporter and/or a liberal, but he’s still one of ours, and I hope Obama will take action to try and get this kid home.


    These kids have no idea what they are voting for, just what they have been told by these hippie idiots that they are voting for. The hippies helped to screw up places like Venezuela, Cuba, San Salvador, all the places the illegals are now fleeing and coming here to get away from. Will they acknowledge the damage they did or what is happening in those places? Hell no, they just say, “they didn’t do it right” and keep pumping lies to our kids. The truth is they did it just right, it’s communism for god’s sake how did the hippies expect it to turn out? Let the kid suffer for a while and get a real good dose of communism for real, maybe he will tell all the morons how it really works when and if he finally gets home.

  • Justin

    I bet you yearn for the old days of the Cold War when people listened to cranks like you.

  • Ellen

    Why is Sanders blamed for what this student did? Blame the group that said that North Korea is the safest place in the world. These kids should have been briefed on what NOT to do in N Korea. 15 years is a long time for a petty crime like this. He should just have been deported right away or something like that.

  • Amber Brittain

    There is a petition you can sign urging our government to pursue the release of Warmbier at and Please don’t forget this kid. Please do all you can to get him home.

  • Dave Smith

    uh no, how about blame the guy that went there thinking he was going to some frat party and decided to get drunk and try and steal a sign. If you have 2 brain cells at all you don’t need to be “briefed” on what not to do, if that includes “stealing propaganda material that supports their supreme leaders” . I’m not going there, have no plans to, but if I do you best bet I’m gonna ask for permission for everything I do, including sipping a glass of water and wiping my ass.

  • Sean

    Amazing how anything can be turned into a hate piece against socialism or Sanders…

    Is this considered journalism? Is this what passes for investigative journalism in the modern age? I came here to try and find out what happened to this kid and could barely get through this “news” article.

  • Sean

    Why do you think he may be a Sanders supporter or a liberal? Because some guy on a website is trying to make that claim without any evidence or anything to back it up?

    In this very article Kincaid says explicitly “Not much is known about the political views of student Otto Warmbier”. Also “It’s not clear if he was a Bernie Sanders-style socialist or a member of the campus Democratic club”

    How can you read this garbage?

  • Garry TURDeau

    Free Otto Warmbier?

    FAWK HIM!!!


    LOL fuck this kid leave him there..i hope he commits suicide..I swear white people think they have white privilege wherever they go.

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    Watch your filthy mouth, that speaks from the wicked spirit that dwells in you.

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    Someone who is disgusted by communism is not going to go there.


    tell that to your mom, she had my dick in her mouth after i fucked her in the ass.

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    You will be crying like a little baby forever and forever and forever, burning like a sausage in the fires of hell, because you chose to follow the evil mocker and betrayer, instead of the only one who can save you: the LORD Jesus Christ. You will be crying “get me out of here,” “get me out of here,” and saying you are “sorry,” and “give me another chance” over and over and over, but nobody is going to listen to you, except your friend that chameleon will be mocking you that you fell for his gag, hook, line and sinker. The Bible says in Hebrews 9:27 “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” Mock all you want you stinking reprobate, you can’t escape GOD, you cannot escape JUDGMENT. If you died tonight, would you be in heaven, or hell? It’s pretty obvious, 1) you are a sinner and 2) GOD don’t play. So come one Mr. Tough GUY, make some more wicked remarks about the mother of a fundamental Bible believing Christian, and let’s see how you fare with the One True GOD, the GREAT and DREADFUL GOD, the LORD JESUS CHRIST, KING of KINGS and LORD of LORDS, the HOLY REDEEMER, the ROSE of SHARON, the PROPITIATION, the LION of the TRIBE of JUDAH. True Christians know that GOD takes reprobates like you out on a regular basis, so bring it, if you think HELL is a joke.

    Revelation 20:11-15 King James Version (KJV)

    11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

    12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

    13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

    14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

    15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

  • Richard Hellstrom

    I don’t think Asia is to impressed with Bernie Sanders and his lobby who’s also the standing puppet master for Obama ! That man is George Soros and his organization The Center For American Progress { is his most ambitious attempt to turn his Shadow Party into a shadow government. } Quote – — During the 1997 Asian financial crisis, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad accused him of bringing down the nation’s currency through his trading activities, and in Thailand he was called an “economic war criminal.” Known as “The Man who Broke the Bank of England,” Soros initiated a British financial crisis by dumping 10 billion sterling, forcing the devaluation of the currency and gaining a billion-dollar profit.

  • Wont-Back-Down

    Someone should start a petition. 15 years for his offense is outrageous. Send Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Jesse Jackson, or Dennis Rodman to get him…that’s about all those idiots are good for anyway.

  • Wont-Back-Down

    No he was with a missionary group. Risking his life and freedom going there for what purpose I am not sure since they will throw you in prison for spreading the Gospel as well.

  • Wont-Back-Down

    Your stupid insipid posts are evidence that you require adult supervision while on the computer.

  • Wont-Back-Down

    Nice way to treat your fellow American, jackhole.

  • Steven Barrett

    What’s Bernie Sanders have to do with getting some kid out of the NoKo jug? Sorry, but this kid who had enough smarts to obtain admittance to UVA should’ve had enough street smarts to avoid being anywhere near the border.

  • Marx

    Otto for better or worse is now a North Korean citizen.

    and it his his duty to contribute to the dear leader by working hard & supporting his dear leader.

    Otto went to school for Global Sustainability.

    Otto can put this on his resume and it will definitely give him a boost in the North Korean job market


    funny how you are trying to school me on religion, when this kid said that his church told him to steal that propaganda…Leviticus 19:11 “You shall not steal; you shall not deal falsely; you shall not lie to one another.
    THEN AFTER HE CLAIMED HE WANTED TO DO IT FOR A FRATERNITY…lolll youre fucking defending the devil himself. hahahaha you are so fucking retarded..look at you eating up that nonsense. but hey I know you wont agree with what i said and just turn it against me. but you know i just checkmated you. lollll tell your mom that apple pie was amazing after that nasty sex.


    you know i spoke the truth but you’re too stupid to know that.

  • Sean

    There are so many reasons someone would want to travel to North Korea, Cuba, or any other communist country.

    If you blindly accept that this man was a liberal/communist/whatever with no evidence or justification then you are an idiot.

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    There are no reasons a conservative would want to travel to North Korea, other than missionary work.

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    My mother is heaven, far, far, away from you, reprobate.

  • aimer

    Except he’s not a “kid”. He’s 21 years old and the last time I knew, that is considered a full grown adult man. Unless he has some undisclosed mental impairment, I’d have to say he was fully aware of the type of culture he was visiting, knew of the harsh punishments the DPRK is known for and understood the risks. He made a decision to commit a crime and while we may not agree with the harshness, it’s not our decision to make. Sometimes you just have to accept your punishment. It sounds like a good case for not coddling people if we’re still referring to a 21 year old as a “kid” and not expecting him to be accountable for his crime. Stealing is wrong. Even my preschoolers know that.

  • aimer

    No, he was not with a missionary group. He was there as a tourist. He claims he doesn’t even believe in God.

  • aimer

    What “kid” are you referring to? Isn’t this about a 21 year old man?

  • aimer

    When a “kid” is trapped in DPRK, I’ll consider it. But a 21 year old adult man who broke the law – well, shouldn’t have done that!

  • Steven Barrett

    Nothing would make Cliff’s day more than to find the slightest shred of “evidence” Warmbier supported Sanders before heading over. Nothing!

  • Jane

    So you were fully mature and never made a mistake at 21? Is 15 years hard labour a fair punishment? Warmbier is a political pawn. Would you just accept 15 years hard labour? Yours was a heartless reply. Could have been your brother, son, cousin!!!

  • Profitendieu Still Lives!

    they’ll send him home after about a year … no one could stand the constant boo-hoo-hooing any longer than that

    this brat’s gonna have to go into some kind of dimwit protection program when he gets home

    any company that even thinks about rewarding this dullard with a book deal should be boycotted from coast to coast


    It is sad that this man died, I feel for his parents. He was old enough to understand where he was going, and making a stupid impulsive decision within that dictatorship ultimately cost him his life. Let this be a warning to all the impressionable millennials who idealize socialism/communism. We live in the greatest nation on earth, and yet many of them spit on our constitution, heritage, and flag. You won’t die in prison in America for pilfering a political banner.