The Email that Made the Korean Instantly Lose All Respect for BBC

The Korean swears upon his family's life that the email copy/pasted here is absolutely real, and not one word in it was altered except for the name, phone number and email address of the person, which are withheld. Below is the email that the Korean received Friday morning:
date Fri, Jul 22, 2011 at 9:42 AM
subject BBC radio request
Important mainly because it was sent directly to you.
hide details 9:42 AM (7 hours ago)

Dear "Ask a Korean",

The BBC World Service radio's World Have Your Say programme is doing a programme tonight looking at the famine in North Korea. We are looking for people in North Korea to talk to us about the situation there, how bad is it? Do you want / need aid from foreign nations? Should the international community provide aid for you? If you would like to take part, please send your number to me and I will call you. We go on air at 17GMT, 0100 KST.

Thank you,

Kind regards,

This e-mail (and any attachments) is confidential and may contain personal views which are not the views of the BBC unless specifically stated.
If you have received it in error, please delete it from your system.
Do not use, copy or disclose the information in any way nor act in reliance on it and notify the sender immediately.
Please note that the BBC monitors e-mails sent or received.
Further communication will signify your consent to this.
Wow. Wow. Wow.

Where does the Korean even start? Seems like the most likely thing that happened was this BBC person read one of the Korean's translations of Mr. Joo Seong-Ha's article, and thought the Korean was Mr. Joo. Although every translation post makes clear in the beginning that the post is a translation, and provides a link to the original article below. Not to mention the fact that Mr. Joo makes it quite clear in the translated articles that he is a defector who now lives in South Korea. Or the fact that "About TK" section on the right sidebar of this blog says the Korean lives in Northern Virginia, not North Korea. Or the fact that the top post on the front page of the blog discusses South Korean pop music industry. Or the fact that on the same front page, there is a post that summarizes the Korean's trip back to Korea. Or the fact that the Korean is quite free with his opinion. Or the fact that, you know, the Korean is on the Internet and has the time to write the blog, instead of foraging for food outside.

Really, BBC? Did you really think the Korean was running this blog while living in North Korea? Really? Really? The Korean is still speechless. How can he ever take your news seriously now?

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