The New York Times is utilizing the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea handy North Korea’s gulag nation a public relations victory over Vice President Mike Pence, within the smiling type of the dictator’s influential sister: “Kim Jong-un’s Sister Turns on the Charm, Taking Pence’s Spotlight.” Reporters Motoko Rich and Choe Sang-Hun delighted in utilizing Pence as a stooge stand-in for the loathed President Trump.
Newsbusters Nicholas Fondacaro first famous the Times’ execrable headline and Twitter put up in a spherical-up of terrible headlines emanating from South Korea.
When the North Korean chief, Kim Jong-un, determined to ship a big delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea this month, the world feared he may steal the present.
If that was certainly his intention, he couldn’t have chosen a greater emissary than the one he despatched: his solely sister, Kim Yo-jong, whom information retailers within the South immediately dubbed “North Korea’s Ivanka,” likening her affect to that of Ivanka Trump on her father, President Trump.
Flashing a sphinx-like smile and with out ever talking in public, Ms. Kim managed to outflank Mr. Trump’s envoy to the Olympics, Vice President Mike Pence, within the recreation of diplomatic picture-making.
While Mr. Pence got here with an outdated message — that the United States would proceed to ratchet up “maximum sanctions” till the North dismantled its nuclear arsenal — Ms. Kim delivered messages of reconciliation in addition to an sudden invitation from her brother to the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, to go to Pyongyang, the North Korean capital.
And whereas the unified Korean Olympic group acquired a standing ovation as they marched into the stadium Friday night time, Mr. Pence remained seated, which critics mentioned was disrespectful of the athletes and his host, Mr. Moon.
In this Olympic occasion, it was the mad dictator 1, “bullying” VP Pence zero.
[history professor Alexis Dudden] added, “The indisputable fact that he and Mrs. Pence didn’t stand when the unified group got here in was a brand new low in a bullying sort of American diplomacy.”
The insulting labels have been reserved not for the murderous dictatorship, however for Americans against it:
For Mr. Pence’s supporters, “I believe the exhausting-line wing of the United States thinks he did a nice job,” mentioned David C. Kang, director of the Korean Studies Institute on the University of Southern California.
Commentators analyzed her no-nonsense coiffure and gown, her low-key make-up and the sprinkle of freckles on her cheeks….
Her quietly pleasant strategy whereas in South Korea — photographers repeatedly captured her smiling — appeared to endear her to some observers.
Only deep into the story have been generic criticisms raised.
It was as much as Buzzfeed, of all locations, to place the media’s latest princess in perspective below the salty title, “PSA: Kim Jong Un’s Sister Is Not Your New Fave Shade Queen. She’s A Garbage Monster — What the hell is wrong with you people?” Subheads included reminders that “the North Korean regime actually enslaves many of its citizens….Kim Yo Jong’s family literally runs gulags.”