Trump administration officials have attacked the mainstream media’s “complicit” coverage of North Korea at the Winter Olympics, while emphasizing that the U.S. has no plans to ease up the pressure on the regime.
Multiple media outlets provided positive coverage of Kim Yo Jong’s presence at the games, which are being held in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Kim Yo Jong is the sister of North Korean dictator Kim Jonh Un, as well as a high-ranking official in the country’s government.
The dictator’s sister was “stealing the show at the Winter Olympics,” CNN declared in a headline. The New York Times wrote that Kim had “turn(ed) on the charm,” while The Washington Post called her the “Ivanka Trump of North Korea.”
However, according to an unnamed senior Trump administration official, this “fawning coverage” has made these outlets “complicit” in North Korea’s propaganda campaign.
“With its fawning coverage of Kim Yo Jong and the Kim regime, much of the U.S. media has unintentionally become complicit in North Korea’s charm offensive,” the official told The Washington Free Beacon. – READ MORE[give_form id=”79809″] [divider][/divider]
The media has given Kim Jong Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, plenty of press coverage at the Olympics, even comparing her to Ivanka Trump. Headlines have been written, saying, “Kim Jong Un’s sister is stealing the show at the Winter Olympics” and “North Korea heads for diplomacy gold medal at Olympics: analysts.”
However, they seem to be forgetting something: North Korea is a murderous regime that runs concentration camps.
The Daily Caller interviewed Ji Seong Ho, the defector who attended President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, to hear his take on the media’s focus on Kim Yo Jong.
“Yo Jong’s grandfather, Kim Il Sung, is a war criminal, and her father, Kim Jong Il, killed three million people by starvation. Kim Jong Un is responsible for human rights violations and assassination of his own half-brother.
The Kim family is taking hostage of the North Korean people and threatening the world with its nuclear weapons. Therefore, South Korean people hate Kim Yo Jong and her visit.
I personally think she should be mindful of her place, stop looking down on other people arrogantly and feel guilty.” – READ MORE[give_form id=”79809″] [divider][/divider]
While millions worldwide watch the best athletes compete for gold and glory in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, millions of Americans are also watching another drama unfold: the media’s apparent fascination with all things North Korean.
North Korea’s 200-plus cheerleaders steal spotlight at 2018 Winter Olympics with matching outfits, synchronized chants. https://t.co/ITFVvyPuIj pic.twitter.com/CWzuJMHG3Z
— ABC News (@ABC) February 10, 2018
While a little bit of curiosity about the secretive regime is certainly understandable and maybe even warranted, the media response to what some are calling a “charm offensive” on the part of North Korea is a little baffling to many.
Here are stories fawning over North Korea at the Olympics from:
-Wall Street Journal
Oh and here are articles from a few weeks ago warning that NK would use the Olympics as a propaganda offensive. Good job, guys. 1/4 pic.twitter.com/pJyk0OyfuW
— James Hasson (@JamesHasson20) February 11, 2018
And now the stories about North Korea's propaganda plans warning media outlets not to fall for it. (Which, of course, they did.) 4/4 pic.twitter.com/Z4Ylidy6nY
— James Hasson (@JamesHasson20) February 11, 2018
But, as Federalist contributor James Hasson noted, media outlets — and not just American media outlets — fell for it anyway.- READ MORE[divider][/divider]
Kim Jong Un surprised the world — and no one more than his neighbors to the south — when he said that the North Korean regime intended to send a delegation to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The goal, ostensibly, was to present an image of a more unified Korean Peninsula — and many warned that a deeper objective might be politically motivated, suggesting that Kim intended to drive a wedge between South Korea and its close allies, Japan and the United States.
So far, led by Kim’s sister Kim Yo Jong, the North Korean delegation has certainly made an impression on a number of media outlets — but it was the joint Korean women’s hockey team that made an impression on four-time hockey world champion and Olympic gold medalist Angela Ruggiero, an American member of the International Olympic Committee.
Ruggiero told Reuters:
I would love the team to get the Nobel Peace Prize.
Seriously, the team. Something that is recognizing the sacrifice they made to adjusting their competitions.
As someone who competed in four Olympics and knows it isn’t about you, your team, or your country, I saw the power of what it did last night. – READ MORE[divider][/divider]
And you thought ABC, CNN, and NBC engaging in a love-fest with North Korea was bad … check out this hot mess from POLITICO:
Fred Warmbier criticizes North Korean Olympic spirit https://t.co/fBCvzUE2ax via @BrentGriffiths pic.twitter.com/VcjBeBHauo
— POLITICO (@politico) February 11, 2018
The father of University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier said Saturday that North Korea is not participating in the spirit of the 2018 Winter Olympics, criticizing the nation that held his son in captivity until he was released last year and died shortly after returning to the U.S.
“We have to put this in context in the spirit of the Olympics and why we’re here,” Fred Warmbier told NBC’s Lester Holt according to excerpts from an interview set to air in full Saturday evening. “And so when you put it that way they’re not really participating in the Olympics.” – READ MORE[divider][/divider]
On Saturday, CNN published an article with the headline “Kim Jong Un’s sister is stealing the show at the Winter Olympics” after she went viral on social media for her side-eye glances and Vice President Mike Pence when they were seated near each other.
The first line of the story reads, “If ‘diplomatic dance’ were an event at the Winter Olympics, Kim Jong Un’s younger sister would be favored to win gold.” The news outlet added: “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.”
The article even has an entire section titled “North Korea’s Ivanka Trump” where it compares the two because “experts say her visit for the Winter Games is calculated to answer the expected presence of Ivanka Trump at the closing ceremonies.”
Anything to go against Trump… these people are sick. The Derangement Is Real. #TrumpDerangementSyndrome https://t.co/TOEAOuxAxh
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 10, 2018
And then the president’s son swooped in – READ MORE[contentcards url=”https://www.westernjournal.com/trump-admin-calls-us-media-complicit-north-koreas-propaganda-campaign/” target=”_blank”]