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January 7, 2014 - 11:06 am
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Props to CNN’s Chris Cuomo for not letting up on Dennis Rodman in this morning’s interview about his North Korea “basketball diplomacy” trip, especially when Rodman accused U.S. citizen Kenneth Bae of committing some sort of unspecified crime against the regime of Kim Jong-un.

The sad and awkward part of the interview — because we know Rodman is nutty — is the former NBA players flanking him, aware that they’re being offered as some sort of birthday gift to the dictator about to turn 31.

Charles D. Smith, who played with the Clippers, Knicks and Spurs over his career, tried to defuse the tension of the interview and pitch their case, but even he seemed unsure of what their case is. “What we are doing is positive, but it is getting dwarfed by the other circumstances around it,” Smith told the Associated Press. “Apparently our message is not being conveyed properly due to the circumstances that are much bigger than us, and I think that has to do with politics and government.”

The AP also notes that some of the ex-players who followed Rodman have their own colorful pasts, and could be in need of the cash if that’s what Pyongyang dangled to get them there. They looked increasingly uncomfortable as Rodman’s apologist interview wore on.

Which brings us to the worst tweet of the Rodman trip:

And the most succinct:

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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How bad do things have to be for Anderson freaking Cooper to be the voice of reason?
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Mr. Rodman is proof why you never go the full retard.
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Rodman is proof that you should NEVER f*ck Madonna, because STDs can cause brain rot.
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There are several USA NGOs that have a presence in DRK.

I know this firsthand............let them play ball.......there are people there who are not in the political arena who will enjoy their show.
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This is really sad. Rodman was a great player. His championship season with the Chicago Bulls he should have been MVP of the championship series. Michael Jordan was completely out of gas and Rodman put them over the top.
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Like all those entertainers who play gigs for odious turd-world dictators...

The money's too good to pass up.
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our Gubbmint sends all sorts of $$$ to Turd Worlders.....both DemoRats & Rethugs...
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I bet the N.Korean team lives in fear of playing Rodman & Co. Should they lose as most surely they will, they will all be murdered. It's a N.Korean sporting tradition. Yay for Rodman!
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Well, Jane Fonda lived long enough to someone worse, I guess.
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" . . . Rodman accused U.S. citizen Kenneth Bae of committing some sort of unspecified crime against the regime of Kim Jong-un."

Hey, Dennis, did you speak with Jang Song-thaek about Bae? Oh, wait, you couldn't - Jang Song-thaek was executed. My mistake!

NK dictator pays broke former NBA'ers to play basketball . . . while the people starve. Sounds about right.
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How bad do things have to be for Anderson freaking Cooper to be the voice of reason?
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Who knew I'd find myself vociferously agreeing with Anderson Cooper.

Towards the end this video clip starts to look like a skit straight out of Saturday Night Live -- I was waiting for the famous "Live from New York..." line. Alas, it never came.
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