I’ll say this for Kim Jong Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong — she’s significantly higher wanting than the goon who runs North Korea. This could also be faint reward, however there’s nothing faint in regards to the reward being heaped on the dictator’s sister by America’s mainstream media.
According to CNN, to take maybe the worst instance, “if ‘diplomatic dance’ were an event at the Winter Olympics, Kim Jong Un’s younger sister would be favored to win gold.” CNN gushes that “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 goes on to name Kim Jong Un’s sister “North Korea’s Ivanka Trump,” a label additionally utilized by the Washington Post in its frivolous, fawning story. CNN then quotes some professor’s view that Kim Yo Jong’s presence on the Olympics “is 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.”
The younger lady in query is one among Kim Jong Un’s closest advisers — “a powerful member of Kim Jong Un’s kitchen cabinet,” as CNN places it. And the regime she faithfully serves is past bizarre. It starves its personal individuals, operates Nazi-style jail camps, represses political opposition, and executes senior officers and even members of the dictator’s (and his sister’s) family members in an effort to keep up dictatorial management.
Even probably the most ardent feminist shouldn’t take any pleasure from the truth that a younger North Korean ladies serves this murderous regime capably and could also be its future chief. And it’s obscene to match the influential servant of what might be the world’s most brutal regime to Ivanka Trump.
What American mainstream media retailers like better of the dictator’s sister, I think, is that she allows them to say that Vice President Pence, who can also be in South Korea for the Olympics, has been upstaged. That’s the take of ABC News, for instance. Our media’s hatred of President Trump, and of conservatives like Pence, runs so deep that it’ll bathe reward on anybody who can be utilized as a foil, even a high affiliate of a murderous tyrant.
There is a real story to be advised in connection Kim Yo Jong’s look on the Olympics, however that story isn’t primarily in regards to the lady. South Koreans stay underneath the specter of one thing approaching annihilation by the hands of the dictator of North Korea. At the identical time, they really feel a bond with their former countrymen within the north.
It’s pure, then, for some South Koreans to glimpse the hope of reconciliation within the go to of an unimposing, smiling consultant of North Korea. That some South Koreans do glimpse this — what share, we don’t know — doesn’t imply the dictator’s sister is “winning a diplomatic dance” or that Pence’s go to hasn’t gone nicely, and it actually doesn’t imply that South Korea is about to be Finlandized.
What it means, I believe, is that when a inhabitants is underneath the gun, a few of its residents will bask in wishing pondering on particular events. When the Olympics are over and little sister goes again north, regular service seemingly can be resumed.
Except that Kim Jong Un and his staff, by some accounts, pay appreciable consideration to how the U.S. perceives them. If the dictator believes his sister’s press clippings from CNN and the Washington Post — if he thinks his sister has gained a gold medal for “diplomatic dance” and that she has added to the space between South Korea and the U.S. — it may make him extra reckless.
There can be no gold medal in that for anybody.