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Jan 16, 2017

Is Ban Ki-moon going overboard with photo ops? Ban’s staged appearances take their toll, inviting ridicule from critics and even supporters

Ban Ki-moon arrived in South Korea less than 5 days ago but he’s been making appearances at breakneck speed. Ban was seen wearing an apron and feeding porridge to a bedridden, elderly woman in a nursing home. He then headed to a facility set up to combat avian influenza, where he changed into a full-body contamination suit. Back in Seoul, Ban visited the National Cemetery where he paid his respects to South Korea’s deceased presidents. Wherever he went, Ban was surrounded by a camera crew and the clicking sound of camera shutters. He has invited ridicule, however, because he has gone overboard staging such blatant photo ops. As a newcomer to politics, Ban needs prepping, coaching and some hand-holding to connect with everyday citizens.  He faces an uphill battle to win over younger voters in South Korea, as they have turned against him and support his opponents instead [Read more] ...

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