Despite pressure from incoming President Park Geun-hye, outgoing President Lee Myung-bak pardoned 55 people anyway this morning, including several close friends and allies.

My personal favorite recipient of this morning’s generosity is Choi See-Joong, the former chairman of the Korea Communications Commission who was convicted of bribery despite the crocodile tears. This is the same guy who awarded the Chosun Ilbo, Dong-A Ilbo, and JoongAng Ilbo cable TV stations and wanted to pass a cyber-defamation law following the “Minerva” case. In fact, where there’s been media policy-related controversy over the last five years, his name can often be found attached to it.