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North Korea good. Trump bad.

This is your msm. Salivate over evil dictators and their family.

Sad when you can't decipher between American media and Korean state-run media.

Media's Olympic-level North Korea fawning is a disgrace

American mainstream media outlets delivered plenty of propaganda on North Korea’s behalf this weekend. Somehow, as Kim Jong Un’s totalitarian regime continues to starve, torture and murder its own people—western news outlets are mesmerized by the dictatorship’s presence at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Take, for example, the following headlines – ones you’d normally expect to find in North Korea’s state-run media. On Saturday, I found them in my Twitter feed:

“Kim Jong Un’s sister is stealing the show at the winter Olympics”

“The ‘Ivanka Trump of North Korea’ captivates people in the South at the Olympics”

“North Korea’s cheerleaders steal spotlight at Winter Games with synchronized chants”

“North Korea is winning the Olympics—and it’s not because of sports”

The shameful coverage of this year’s Olympics began even before the opening ceremony. Last month, NBC’s Lester Holt caused a stir for his reporting from a North Korean ski resort in which he gleefully called it a “source of immense pride for a country trying to present a new and modern face to the world” ahead of the games. The flub prompted widespread criticism, but apparently that debacle was merely the precursor for what was to come once the games began.

As the opening ceremony unfolded in PyeongChang, television cameras were fixed on Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of dictator Kim Jong Un. Some in the media even compared her to Ivanka Trump. CNN noted that her “warm message” has apparently “struck a chord with the public.”

According to the U.S. Department of Treasury, Kim Yo Jong is the Vice Director of the Workers’ Party of Korea Propaganda and Agitation Department. Unfortunately, it seems that our press made her job exceptionally easy this weekend.

Kim Yo Jong initially swept headlines as she is the first in the Kim regime to visit South Korea since the Korean War. While it’s one thing to note the historic nature of her trip, it’s another thing to paint her as if she’s a respected dignitary hailing from an acceptable regime. With every headline, the media normalizes a brutal dictatorship that has earned the contempt of the international community. Even more unfortunate, North Korea will—no doubt—use American news coverage as propaganda to fuel their oppressive government.

And just in case fawning over Kim Yo Jong wasn’t enough, along came the North Korean cheerleaders.

Dubbed the “army of beauties,” the 230-person cheer squad danced in perfect unison and waved flags in support of their team. Within hours, videos of their routine were trending on Twitter. NBC posted the video with the caption “this is so satisfying to watch.”

There’s little doubt that the media response to their spectacle met the exact intentions of the regime that produced it. With all of Kim Jong Un’s unspeakable atrocities, doesn’t the world community owe it to the suffering people of North Korea to be alarmed instead of “mesmerized?” Shouldn’t we be heartbroken instead of entertained? The more that we’re charmed by their routine, the more we play into the hand of their oppressive government.

It’s ironic that the same people who lecture the American people about journalistic integrity and the importance of the media as a check on government are so easily manipulated by adversaries abroad. For all of the taglines about “facts first” and “democracy dies in darkness,” many in the media were awestruck by what is quite obviously a dictator’s PR campaign.

The press has a responsibility to see beyond the forced smiles. I’m not asking reporters to be foreign policy experts. I just hope they would exercise a little common sense.
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It's actually becoming comical the way the msm is actin'.

NBC benches Olympics analyst over remarks deemed offensive to Koreans

NBC has sidelined one of its Olympic analysts for saying that the Japanese occupation of the Korean peninsula was an important moment in South Korea's economic transformation, drawing swift backlash online.

The analyst, Joshua Cooper Ramo, made the remark during NBC's prime-time telecast of Friday's opening ceremony in pointing out the presence of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

"Every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural and technical and economic example that has been so important to their own transformation," Ramo said.

An online petition quickly circulated demanding an apology from NBC. The network apologized formally to the Pyeongchang Olympic organizing committee and anchor Carolyn Manno read a statement on the NBCSN cable channel early Saturday.

"During our coverage of the Parade of Nations on Friday we said it was notable that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made the trip to Korea for the Olympics, 'representing Japan, a country which occupied Korea from 1910 to 1945 but every Korean will tell you that Japan is a cultural, technological and economic example that has been so important to their own transformation,'" Manno said. "We understand the Korean people were insulted by these comments and we apologize."

Petitioners said anyone familiar with Japanese treatment of Koreans from 1910 to 1945 would be deeply hurt by Ramo's remark. They also criticized the accuracy of giving Japan credit for South Korea's resurgence.

The petition had racked up more than 10,000 supporters on Sunday.

Ramo, a former journalist at Time magazine, is co-CEO at Kissinger Associates and had been hired temporarily by NBC to bring historical context to its coverage. According to his LinkedIn page, Ramo held a similar role as a "China analyst" during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

The network said his assignment at the Olympics is now over.

As of Sunday afternoon, Ramo's biography had been removed from the NBC Sports Pressbox website, which includes pages devoted to all the network's talent.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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NY Times praises Kim Jong Un’s sister, bashes Pence in new story — the backlash is swift and brutal

Add the New York Times to the growing list of mainstream media outlets fawning over Kim Yo Jung, sister of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

The younger Kim has been the talk of the town at the Winter Olympics after she attended the games’ opening ceremonies in the same VIP box as Vice President Mike Pence, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe.

But the Times took their praise of Yo Jong a step further on Sunday.

What did the Times say?

In a story published Sunday afternoon, the Times claimed that Yo Jong — whom the U.S. government has officially sanctioned for being an integral part of North Korea’s human rights abuses — “outflanked” Pence at the opening ceremonies.

“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.

The Times furthered its praise by claiming Yo Jong “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” while Pence merely “came with an old message.”

The story then went on to criticize Pence for not meeting with the North Korean delegation. The outlet quoted a former State Department official who claimed Pence is “playing right into North Korea’s hands” and a professor who said Pence’s actions are “a new low in a bullying type of American diplomacy.”

The article, though probably liked by the North Korean regime, didn’t go over well with Americans.

What was the reaction?

The backlash was brutal and swift.

Conservative commentator Dana Loesch:

She “outflanks” him in operating concentration camps, starving citizens, torture, rape of female prisoners, and murdering her own family members. Your glowing coverage of this tyrannical regime is insane.

Ben Shapiro:

All you need to know about the media’s not-so-secret love for Marxist dictatorships can be seen in their treatment of the collectivist machine-like behavior of North Korean cheerleaders and the Chinese Olympics opening ceremony.

Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer:

You’ve got to be kidding me.

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.):

Is the "newspaper of record" really this susceptible to charm and propaganda from murderous dictatorships?

Reminder: there are currently over 100,000 prisoners enslaved in North Korea.

Radio host Buck Sexton:

the North Korean state run by her brother forces starving children to inform on their parents who are then tortured to death inside multi-generational concentration camps-

but Trump tweets mean stuff to the media sometimes, so the NY Times is with her

Michelle Malkin:

The home of Stalin tool Walter Duranty flexes its Commie-pandering muscle...

Joe Concha, media reporter at The Hill:

Just a reminder that Kim Jong-un's sister literally heads the Department of Propaganda and Agitation. The Soviets called it Agitprop. The NY Times & other outlets are providing North Korea, with this fawning coverage, more than it could have ever dreamed of. We've lost our minds.

National Review writer David French:

Only to stupid people.
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Not sure if this'll educate the gullible msm or not but it's worth a shot.

Intel chiefs: Don't be fooled by North Korea's 'smile campaign'

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Top U.S. intelligence officials warned lawmakers Tuesday not to be fooled by North Korea’s diplomatic outreach at the Olympic Games, reminding Congress at a high-profile hearing that the dictatorship still represents an “existential threat” to the U.S.

The appearance of Kim Jong Un’s sister Kim Yo Jong at the Olympics has led to gushing coverage from some American media outlets, with stories suggesting Pyongyang's delegation is diplomatically outflanking the U.S.
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