A long-time associate of Rev. Moon of the Unification Church has been appointed to head United Press International, the once powerful news wire service. Dr. Chung Hwan Kwak has been named its chairman, chief executive officer and president, according to a UPI Press Release.

Kwak is also chairman of the Moon-controlled University of Bridgeport, CT and Sun Moon University in Seoul, South Korea. He chairs a number of Moon front organizations including the “International Federation for World Peace,” “Professors World Peace Academy,” “International Cultural Foundation,” “Family Federation for World Peace and Unification,” and the “World Culture and Sports Festival.”

Kwak’s predecessor at UPI D.M. Joo, another Unification Church member, will continue to head Moon’s umbrella organization News World Communications Inc., which is the corporate entity that controls UPI, The Washington Times, Insight, the World and I, Tiempos del Mundo and other Moon publications.

The Washington Times continues to lose millions of dollars annually and has yet to show a profit. And UPI seems fated to follow in its footsteps. However, concerns about money have not detered Rev. Moon from utilizing his media holdings as effective tools to obtain influence and political clout.

Famous White House reporter Helen Thomas ditched UPI the day after Moon took over and was quickly hired by Hearst News Service. Looking back, it seems she made a smart move.


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