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February 12 2018

Media Swoons over Representative of Most Repressive Regime on Earth

by Charlotte Hays

We've often called out the media for being unfair to conservative women.

But the mainstream media seemed to have no reservations about showering compliments on Kim Yo Jong of North Korea, who represented her dictator brother at the winter Olympics in South Korea.

North Korea is a prison state where torture and starvation are so prevalent that if the regime falls the world will see mass malnutrition on an scale unprecedented in modern times. But never mind.   

“ Kim Jong Un’s sister is stealing the show at the Winter Olympics,” gushed CNN.

CNN was clearly smitten:

With a smile, a handshake and a warm message in South Korea’s presidential guest book, Kim Yo Jong has struck a chord with the public just one day into the PyeongChang Games. Seen by some as her brother’s answer to American first daughter Ivanka Trump, Kim, 30, is not only a powerful member of Kim Jong Un’s kitchen cabinet but also a foil to the perception of North Korea as antiquated and militaristic.

And this:

If ‘diplomatic dance’ were an event at the Winter Olympics, Kim Jong Un’s younger sister would be favored to win gold. With a smile, a handshake and a warm message in South Korea’s presidential guest book, Kim Yo Jong has struck a chord with the public just one day into the PyeongChang Games.

CNN described Kim Yo Jong's wardrobe, though it forgot to mention that many North Koreans are starving to keep the Kims in expensive duds and able to afford other luxuries.

Washington Post reporter Philip Bump compared Ms. Kim to Vice President Mike Pence and found Mr. Pence wanting. Bump tweeted a picture of her seated behind the veep, who, unlike the giddy media, was ignoring her, with this message:

Kim Jong Un’s sister with deadly side-eye at Pence.

It is true that Mr. Bump has since deleted the tweet, but what kind of person gets a kick out of seeing a woman who is high up in a murderous regime one upping (in Mr. Bump's view) the vice president of a free country?  

But Mr. Bump was not alone in prefering Ms. Kim to the American vice president. The New York Times gloats that the dictator's sis "turns on the charm, taking Pence's spotlight," praising Ms. Kim's "sphinx-like smile" that she employed to "outflank Mr. Trump's envoy to the Olumpics, Vice President Mike Pence, in the game of diplomatic image-making."

Ms. Kim was not the only representative of the hermit kingdom to win glowing comments. North Korea's cheerleaders also won praise.  An NBC journalist wrote a caption under a picture of them saying “this is so satisfying to watch.” The Wall Street journal wryly commented:

Yes, and if any of them gets out of line, her family could be sent for an extended stay at one of the exquisitely outfitted villas at a work camp, perhaps with a lovely mountain view.

Unfortunately, this is not hyperbolic. Read Blaine Harden's Escape from Camp 14 to learn just how easy it is for entire families to end up in prison camps because of insufficient loyalty of one member. Harden also details the unimaginable horror of these camps.

Fred Wambier, father of Otto Wambier, an American student who was arrested and tortured in North Korea, before being sent home in a coma to die a few days after his return, was in the U.S. delegation. But the media preferred to celebrate Ms. Kim, who is close to her murderous brother (he had another sibling killed) and deputy head of propaganda in a country studded with prison camps. Pence met with dissidents who have escaped North Korea, but that wasn't worthy of much coverage either.

The media has reaped criticism for its coverage of the Ms. Kim but even if Mr. Bump and others seem inclined to pull back a bit, we can only wonder at the values and worldviews of people who instinctively swoon over the propaganda deputy of a totalitarian country.

Can you imagine the press having written puff pieces, including fashion notes, on,  say, one of Stalin's wives?

It wouldn't have happened back then, but that is precisely what happened when Ms. Kim went to the Olympics to represent a vicious regime.

This reveals an unprecedented level of ignorance and soullessness on the part of too many ladies and gentlemen of the press.

 

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