The UN isn't always so bad, which is why I asked for the source in the first place. Regardless, I think it borders on denial to think that there isn't a clear anti-DPRK slant in a lot of "studies". If FOX News says the DPRK is some big bad dictatorship I'm not entirely inclined to believe them, and the exact same goes for Freedom House and the like.
What's the point? He provides a source and you say, "Capitalist media" or "Capitalist Imperialist Rootin' Tootin' Study done by Fat Greedy Corporate Pigs."
This goes on in a circle infinitely. We get it. Communist countries do not wrong.
The slant is nothing new: as just one example of many, Robert Conquest was taken seriously by historians even though he used fictional novels (no, really, works of fiction) to support his view of the purges. The last decade and a half have seen his works exposed as the nonsense they always were (J Arch Getty is just one of the historians responsible for this much-needed reappraisal), but then again the damage was already done; the Cold War was "won" by Conquest's invasion-happy friends, and the people of former socialist Europe have nothing to show for this "victory" but an unparalleled decline in living standards and a handful of genocides generously funded by imperialism. This is part-and-parcel of a media that never really questioned Bush's case for destroying Iraq or Obama's case for bombing Libya, heaped praise upon hateful hacks such as Huntington or Hitchens and actually gave Glenn Beck of all people a podium for his abject lunacy. Yes, I will certainly call such portions of the media capitalist, and more importantly I will call them notoriously unreliable. I see absolutely no reason why I should do otherwise.
tl;dr...imperialists are usually liars, especially when it comes to socialism.