But Fareed Zakaria, the “loosened the format” of television reporting.
“What Vice is trying to do is to get a new audience interested in the world,” he said.
Not long after Rodman’s trip, I went to see Smith at the company’s headquarters, a set of converted warehouses in Williamsburg.
Smith met me in the Bear Room, a conference room decorated with a Persian rug and a grizzly bear, now stuffed, that had been shot after surprising Vice producers filming in Alaska.
Smith defended Vice and its reporters against charges of journalistic recklessness.
Its correspondents participate in the stories they’re covering—in another North Korea story, a reporter joins refugees on an “underground railroad” as they make a nighttime border crossing. And I found myself thinking, This is our twenty-first century? Where children are used as transportation devices for dynamite.”Long before Vice began its experiments with participatory journalism, Hunter S.The fact that we’re the only people to meet him is a big deal.The fact that we went to his house was a really big deal.” He went on, “Is it journalism? and its onscreen avatar—as if Jeff Zucker and Wolf Blitzer were one person.With a flourish of his fingers, Rodman said, “Sir, you have a friend for life.”This cheerful scene—billed as “basketball diplomacy”—was soon complicated by developments in U. After Rodman’s visit, North Korea, which had recently been hit with tighter U. sanctions, scrapped its 1953 armistice with South Korea and threatened a preëmptive nuclear attack on the United States. This was not helped by a report from Ryan Duffy, a Vice correspondent, on Kim Jong-un’s hospitality: “Dinner was an epic feast. I’d say the winners were the smoked turkey and sushi, though we had the Pyongyang cold noodles earlier in the trip and that’s been the runaway favorite so far.” Rodman, speaking to reporters in Pyongyang, professed his admiration for the Supreme Leader: “Guess what!Last week, Kim said, “The time has come to settle accounts with the U. I love him.” He added, “The guy’s really awesome.”“I’ve never seen anything quite like this,” a flabbergasted Dan Rather said, on CNN.Once, after its editors were accused of sexism for featuring nude porn stars in the magazine, they posed nude as well.Current articles combine investigative reporting with a sensibility that is adolescent, male, and proudly boorish.It depends on what the definition of journalism is.”Smith is forty-two and bearish, with a salt-and-pepper beard: he looks like a younger Santa Claus after a tour of duty in Iraq and a stop at a tattoo parlor. star would be the perfect way to get Vice’s cameras back into the closed state. “Look,” he said, “if I could pull off a stunt where the most hermetic leader of the most hermetic fucking country in the world works with me to do a stunt to promote my TV show, then every TV fucking company in the world should hire me to work for them.”Smith is both Vice’s C. Apart from a few years spent bouncing around Eastern Europe, he has had no other career in the two decades since he helped to found Vice.The idea for the trip, he said, had come about during the making of a previous Vice documentary in Pyongyang, in 2010. Over the years, he has worked in ad sales and, increasingly, in a managerial and editorial role, which includes starring in the HBO show.” The otherworldly roar announced the entrance of North Korea’s Supreme Leader, Kim Jong-un, who succeeded his father in 2011. Rodman has a reputation for wild sartorial choices—pink hair, a wedding gown—but he was dressed with relative restraint.He sat on a dais, where he was joined by his wife, the former singer Ri Sol-ju, and, a few moments later, an unlikely guest of honor: the onetime Chicago Bulls star and cross-dresser Dennis Rodman. He wore a tuxedo jacket, black track pants, wraparound sunglasses, a black sequinned scarf, a black hat that said “USA,” and various lip and nose rings.