Ignoring Human Rights Abuses, Mainstream Media Gush Over North Korea’s ‘Charm’

Ignoring Human Rights Abuses, Mainstream Media Gush Over North Korea’s ‘Charm’

In an article Sunday titled “Kim Jong-un’s Sister Turns On the Charm, Taking Pence’s Spotlight,” the New York Times was unable to contain its admiration for the totalitarian state, saying that North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, stole the show at the Winter Olympics by sending his sister, Kim Yo-jong.

“Flashing a sphinx-like smile and without ever speaking in public, Ms. Kim managed to outflank Mr. Trump’s envoy to the Olympics, Vice President Mike Pence, in the game of diplomatic image-making,” the Times wrote.

While heaping praise on North Korea and its diplomacy, the New York Times had nothing good to say about U.S. political presence, criticizing Vice President Mike Pence for remaining seated when the unified Korean team marched into the stadium and for failing to appear at a dinner hosted by the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, before the opening ceremony.

“While Mr. Pence came with an old message — that the United States would continue to ratchet up ‘maximum sanctions’ until the North dismantled its nuclear arsenal — Ms. Kim delivered messages of reconciliation as well as an unexpected invitation from her brother to the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, to visit Pyongyang, the North Korean capital,” the paper said.

In its story on the events, ThinkProgress mimicked the fawning New York Times coverage of North Korea, lauding the country for making “historic diplomatic inroads” through the Olympic events.

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