Sick­en­ing cel­e­bra­tion of North Korea

Manteca Bulletin - - Opinion - L. BRENT BOZELL III Founder and Pres­i­dent of the Me­dia Re­search Cen­ter

Ev­ery two years, Amer­i­cans unite around the tele­vi­sion to root for U.S. ath­letes, to see their dreams of gold medals come true -- un­less you’re a jour­nal­ist, in which case the Olympics are a time to root against your coun­try on the world stage.

At the open­ing cer­e­monies in Pyeongchang, South Korea, or­ga­niz­ers strangely seated Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence just a few feet from Kim Yo Jong, the sis­ter of North Korea’s com­mu­nist dic­ta­tor, Kim Jong Un. To Amer­i­can re­porters who hate Pres­i­dent Trump, a star was born. The sum­maries of Jong on Twit­ter alone were enough to make you throw your phone across the room.

Start with the wire ser­vices. The As­so­ci­ated Press gushed, “The trip by Kim Yo Jong is the lat­est move in an ex­tra­or­di­nary show of Olympic diplo­macy with Seoul that could prove to be a ma­jor chal­lenge to the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s hard-line Korea poli­cies.” Reuters echoed, “North Korea has emerged as the early fa­vorite to grab one of the Win­ter Olympics’ most im­por­tant medals: the diplo­matic gold.”

The news­pa­pers also claimed that Pence lost to the woman who serves as the North Korean deputy di­rec­tor of pro­pa­ganda. A New York Times head­line read, “Kim Jong-un’s Sis­ter Turns on the Charm, Tak­ing Pence’s Spot­light.” It turned to his­tory pro­fes­sor Alexis Dud­den, who spe­cial­izes in Asian coun­tries, for the slam dunk. She said, “The fact that he and Mrs. Pence didn’t stand when the uni­fied (Korean) team came in was a new low in a bul­ly­ing type of Amer­i­can diplo­macy.”

The Wash­ing­ton Post front page on Sun­day de­clared that it had found the “Ivanka Trump of North Korea.” Jung “has en­rap­tured peo­ple in looks-ob­sessed South Korea with her sphinx­like smile and low-key beauty,” the story read. And her at­ten­dance at the Olympics was “a sig­nal that North Korea is not this crazy, weird for­mer Cold War state — but it too has young women that are ca­pa­ble and are the fu­ture lead­er­ship.”

This kind of truth-shred­ding ar­ti­cle makes a mock­ery of all the Post’s in­dig­nant “Democ­racy Dies in Dark­ness” bravado. One might to­tally for­get that last May, when Trump called the North Korean dic­ta­tor a “pretty smart cookie,” the Post ran a story head­lined “Praise for Strongmen Alarms Rights Ad­vo­cates” with the sub­head­ing “Trump’s vo­cal af­fec­tion for to­tal­i­tar­i­ans marks ma­jor U.S. pol­icy shift.”

The big­gest tar­get for out­rage on Twit­ter was CNN, which an­nounced, “Kim Jong Un’s sis­ter is steal­ing the show at the Win­ter Olympics,” and in­cluded a link to an ar­ti­cle. It be­gan, “If ‘diplo­matic dance’ were an event at the Win­ter Olympics, Kim Jong Un’s younger sis­ter would be fa­vored to win gold.”

That was in ad­di­tion to a piece CNN ran with the head­line “North Korea Is Win­ning the Olympics — and It’s Not Be­cause of Sports.” It in­sisted, with­out the slight­est hint of irony or in­tro­spec­tion, that “the North has got­ten the kind of pub­lic­ity money can’t buy.”

CNN also brought its aca­demic ex­pert. “The North is mas­ter­ful at get­ting some­thing for noth­ing,” David Maxwell of Ge­orge­town Uni­ver­sity pro­claimed. “They’re go­ing to get recog­ni­tion, le­git­i­macy, re­sources, with­out giv­ing any­thing up.”

This is a com­plete flip-flop from last May. When Trump called the North Korean tyrant a “pretty smart cookie,” CNN an­chor Jake Tap­per brought the bru­tal facts, say­ing: “Kim Jong Un had his un­cle mur­dered. That does not make Kim Jong Un a smart cookie. That makes him a mur­derer.”

If our me­dia elite truly revered democ­racy and loathed to­tal­i­tar­i­an­ism, none of this sugar-coated non­sense on North Korean “mas­tery” would have been ut­tered or pub­lished. Their bit­ter ha­tred of the Trump-Pence ticket col­ors ev­ery­thing they say and write.

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