Every two years, Americans unite across the tv to root for U.S. athletes and their goals of gold medals come true. Unless you’re a journalist. Then the Olympics are a time to root in opposition to your nation and her president on the world stage.
At the opening ceremonies in Pyeongchang, South Korea, organizers unusually seated Vice President Mike Pence only a few toes from Kim Yo-jong, the sister of North Korea’s communist dictator Kim Jong-un. To American reporters who hate Trump, a star was born. Just the summaries on Twitter had been sufficient to make you throw your telephone throughout the room.
Start with the wire providers. 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.”
Could the North Koreans be any happier on the idiocy of the Western media?
The newspapers additionally claimed Mike Pence misplaced to the girl who serves because the North Korean deputy director of propaganda. The New York Times headline was “Kim Jong-un’s Sister Turns on the Charm, Taking Pence’s Spotlight.” They turned to Asian historical past professor Alexis Dudden for the slam dunk: “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 entrance web page on Sunday declared that they had discovered the “Ivanka Trump of North Korea.” She “has enraptured people in looks-obsessed South Korea with her sphinxlike smile and low-key beauty.” The story inside added her attendance on 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 form of fact-shredding article makes a mockery of all of the Post’s indignant “Democracy Dies in Darkness” bravado. One would possibly overlook that when final May Trump known as the North Korean dictator a “pretty smart cookie,” the Post ran a narrative headlined “Praise for strongmen alarms rights advocates: Trump’s vocal affection for totalitarians marks main U.S. coverage shift.”
The essentially the most embarrassing protection was delivered by CNN.com, which introduced “Kim Jong Un’s sister is stealing the show at the Winter Olympics.” The article started, “If ‘diplomatic dance’ were an event at the Winter Olympics, Kim Jong Un’s younger sister would be favored to win gold.”
That was along with one other piece the place CNN.com ran the headline touting: “North Korea is winning the Olympics — and it’s not because of sports.” They insisted, with out the slightest trace of irony or introspection, that “the North has gotten the kind of publicity money can’t buy.”
CNN additionally introduced its educational professional. David Maxwell of Georgetown University proclaimed the communists had been “masterful at getting one thing for nothing. They’re going to get recognition, legitimacy, assets, with out giving something up.”
This is an entire flip-flop from final May. When Trump known as the North Korean tyrant a “pretty smart cookie,” CNN anchor Jake Tapper punched again with the brutal details: “Kim Jong-un had his uncle murdered. That would not make Kim Jong-un a sensible cookie. That makes him a assassin.”
If our media elite actually revered democracy and loathed totalitarianism, none of this sugar-coated nonsense on North Korean “mastery” would have been uttered or revealed. Their bitter hatred of the Trump-Pence ticket colours all the things they are saying and write.