Wednesday 24 January 2018

Our flashbacks to Pope's visit in '79 are a little different Matt

Former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman with Matt Cooper behind en route to North Korea.
Former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman with Matt Cooper behind en route to North Korea.

MICHAEL O'DOHERTY

MATT Cooper isn't only a talented broadcaster. He's a smart man who would have been fully aware of the conflicting reactions that news of his trip to North Korea would bring.

Since it was revealed that he was part of a TV crew filming a documentary about basketball player Denis Rodman's trip to the country, Cooper has been at pains to distance himself from the highly questionable political regime that exists there.

A basketball match is a grotesquely trivial thing to hype when you bear in mind the appalling violations of human rights in North Korea, but Cooper makes a pertinent point that you have to start somewhere.

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