The propagandist publication of the Chosun Workers’ Party, Rodong Shinmun today gave its view of the South Korean presidential race to date.
The report primarily focused on criticizing Saenuri Party candidate Park Geun Hye, but also took note of each party’s candidates and their schedules, revealed news of recent problems within the Saenuri Party and noted the possibility of Prof. Ahn Chul Soo joining the election race on the other side. It assessed, “The election situation is becoming more and more complex and acute.”
Saying that there are expected to be two major South Korean candidates in the shape of Moon Jae In on the left and the conservative Saenuri Party’s Park, it added that Democratic United Party processes have gone relatively calmly.
It explained that Park cannot escape normal conservative circles, stating, “In particular, Park Geun Hye’s people are striving to step outside the fence of thumb culture and are trying hard to make them melt away, but cannot.”
Going on to explain the notion of thumb culture, the piece said, “Thumb culture is a symbolic representation of those people who are in their 20 to 40s who use their thumbs to use electronic devices such as cell phones to send text messages.”
It went on to comment on Seoul National University Professor Ahn Chul Soo as well, saying, “The Ahn Chul Soo effect is again rising, and now Park is in trouble.”