BBC Host Katty Kay indignantly denied the media’s overwhelmingly pleasant protection of North Korean Dictator Kim Jong-un’s sister, Kim Yo-jong, calling it “insulting” to counsel that the media had fallen for the North Korean official.
During a Monday phase on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, David Ignatius of The Washington Post marveled on the impact Kim Yo-jong had had on America’s media and referred to her presence on the Olympics as “lipstick diplomacy.” Kay bristled at Ignatius’s premise, insisting that no one was defending North Korea. “I think it’s erroneous to suggest that anybody is supporting Kim Jong-un’s sister,” she protested.
The media’s surprisingly favorable response to Kim Yo-jong has been effectively-documented; CNN claimed she was “stealing the show” and described her as North Korea’s “charm offensive.” An NPR piece admitted that she had “captivated media attention and fascinated the public.” And The Washington Post dubbed her the “Ivanka Trump of North Korea,” absurdly praising her as “a political princess.”
Even NBC’s Willie Geist, a constant common on Morning Joe, complained in a tweet that “some media” appeared “enthralled with Kim Yo-jong.” Nevertheless, Kay continued to disclaim. “That’s kind of insulting to say, ‘Oh, well people are being duped by this woman coming across,’”she complained.
But within the subsequent breath, Kay attacked Vice President Mike Pence for being too onerous on North Korea, alleging that he was “playing into the North Korean playbook.”
But when the Vice President doesn’t stand for the joint Korean staff strolling into the Olympic stadium, is that seen as heavy-handedness on the a part of the United States?
Host Joe Scarborough agreed and described Pence’s determination to not give the Korean athletes a standing ovation as “a clumsy moment.” He went on to lament that the dearth of State Department officers who might babysit the President and Vice President to make sure “that they don’t embarrass themselves.”