Quite simply, it’s not surprising that veteran producer and cameraman Mitch Koss has refrained from making any public statements about the events of March 17th in Mapai, China, where he managed to escape the clutches of the North Korean border guards who apprehended Laura Ling and Euna Lee. After all, the 56-year-old Glendale, CA resident presently relies on @Current for a large portion of his livelihood, and with the decimated CA economy severely limiting employment opportunities for all residents (let alone a senior citizen working in the media vertical), we can’t really blame Koss for erring on the side of the TV network’s gag order.
What is surprising, however, is that we have yet to see an anonymous blog or Deep Throat type of media relationship cultivated by a young upstart @Current intern or junior employee. The name such a maverick-voice-from-within could make for themselves would likely far outstrip the risk of being exposed and-or summarily fired. Career fallout for an employee in their twenties would also be less damaging than for someone like Koss.
Would it really do harm at this point if @Current issued a brief statement in support of the new effort to gain amnesty for Ling and Lee? Almost certainly not, given that the spark for this new 1,000,000-petition signatures movement came from within North Korea, via a July 7th telephone call from Laura Ling that could easily be interpreted as voicing the diplomatic trigger intentions of the captor-country as much as those of the captive.
While @AlGore has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to try and pry open a diplomatic door with Pyongyang, his back channel efforts have appeased only close followers of the case. Even if his San Francisco-headquartered global roaming outfit is fearful of having to address the issues of falsified Chinese visa declarations or perilous border reporting guidelines, it still feels like the time is right for a respectful public acknowledgement of the amnesty effort by President of Programming David Neuman or some other @Current executive.