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When North Korea announced it would be participating in this year’s winter Olympics in South Korea under a joint flag with the South, it was clear that some would attempt to “normalize” the regime.
The speed at which the American media lapped up North Korean propaganda in the first weekend of the Olympics was stunning. Almost all of the major news networks and publications ran glowing profiles of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, who has attended the games.
CNN - Reuters - Others - North - Korea
CNN, Reuters, and others jumped in on the North Korea love fest.
It’s amazing that the same media that is so quick to slam the Trump administration for attacks on the press has apparently been clamoring to show the sunny side of an actual autocracy that allows no press freedom at all.
Pew - Study - October - Percent - Media
A Pew study released in October showed that only 5 percent of media reports portrayed the Trump administration in a positive light during his first year in office. Kim Jong Un’s sister, who is the regime’s deputy director of propaganda, apparently merits better treatment.
Perhaps even worse than the glowing profiles, members of the media lambasted the few voices who called out the charade and labeled the North Korean state exactly what it is, an almost unfathomably ruthless dictatorship.
Washington - Post - Columnist - Commentator - Bethany
A Washington Post columnist actually demanded that conservative commentator Bethany Mandel “apologize” to North Korea for calling it the most brutal regime in history.
CNN, not to be outdone by its own puff piece on Kim Jong Un’s sister, ran a piece criticizing Vice President Mike Pence for a “missed opportunity” at diplomacy with North Korea, even though Pence said the U.S. is willing to have talks with North Korea under the right conditions.
Article - Korean - Source
The article stemmed from a single, pro-North Korean source.
According to CNN, the “senior diplomatic source close to North Korea” said...
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