Korea’s Cruella De Vil Is Good At Her Job
Look, we get it.
Many members of the media loathe President Trump and Vice President Pence. And by extension, their families.
Fine, hate away. Free press and all that.
But for the love of God don’t turn that naked hostility into a slobbering love affair with the repulsive sister of a brutal dictator. Don't swoon over half of a North Korean duo that runs forced labor camps, starves their own people and tortured at least one American to death.
News flash: The enemy of my enemy is my friend isn’t always a good policy.
Yet you could see signs of this simple-minded mentality at work in news reports from Korea over the weekend.
It was all about Kim Yo Jong, of course. The 30-year-old sister of North Korean tyrant Kim Jong Un. She led a delegation to the Olympic Games and suddenly many members of the press corps found a new object of affection. Along the way, they’d conveniently forgotten that she's a powerful cog in one of the most ruthless regimes in the world.
Despite her obvious shortcomings, many in the media seemed delighted that Kim Yo Jong gave the American vice president a dirty look at the games on Friday.
Hey, she can’t be all bad if she dislikes Pence, am I right?
Some of this media fangirl behavior has to do with the fact that Kim Yo Jung is attractive and hasn’t pistol-whipped any small children. On camera, anyway. A low bar, but we’re talking about a family of torturers here.
Reuters was positively effusive about the megalomaniac's sister on Sunday.
“North Korea has emerged as the early favorite to grab one of the Winter Olympics’ most important medals: the diplomatic gold,” the news service gushed in a piece about the woman’s presence at the Games.
The same writers managed to find a Korean college professor who noted approvingly that the sister of the North Korean despot was “showing elegant smiles” during the games.
Apparently any female capable of an elegant smile should be a candidate for The Most Enchanting Woman in the World.
They also tracked down an unnamed American member of the International Olympic Committee who was so swept up in the North Korean love fest that he suggested the joint North and South Korean women’s hockey team be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
For what exactly? Mustering no defense and taking a total of eight shots on goal during a blistering defeat to Switzerland?
Heck, why stop there? Just give the award to Kim Yo Jong herself. She’s clearly on a mission of peace to the South. After years of saber rattling and ballistic missile tests and sending a ruined American college student home to die, North Korea has clearly had a change of heart.
Let’s all be friends.
To its discredit, CNN also used a cliche of Olympian proportions in the lead of an embarrassing piece headlined, “Kim Jong Un’s Sister Is Stealing The Show at the World Olympics."
“If ‘diplomatic dance’ were an event at the Winter Olympics,” CNN enthused. “Kim Jong Un's younger sister would be favored to win gold,”
“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.”
You may wonder what this has to do with the American president, outside of the fact that Trump and Kim Jong Un are constantly trading insults. Well, how about this:
CNN pointed out that Korea’s Cruella De Vil is, “Seen by some as her brother’s answer to first daughter Ivanka Trump.”
Seriously? “Some” as in CNN producers, perhaps?
Sounding a similar note, The Washington Post merrily Tweeted out, “The Ivanka Trump of North Korea Captivates People in the South.”
Did I miss something? In addition to probably helping her brother oppress people and plot nuclear annihilation for the world, does Kim Yo Jong moonlight as a clothes designer?
When they weren’t fawning over the dictator’s sister and comparing her to Ivanka Trump, many in the media were piling praise on the creepy 200-plus member Cheer-or-Die-Squad that has been performing carefully choreographed routines during the games.
It’s amazing the precision you can get out of young women when automatic weapons are figuratively pointed at their heads.
The New York Times pointed out that the squad is often called the “Army of Beauties,” and ABC said the enslaved cheerleaders were “stealing the spotlight.”
Perhaps the media forgot to look at Kim Yo Jong’s job title before becoming infatuated with her and the performers she hauled along to the games.
She’s the deputy director of PROPAGANDA and agitation for the Department of the Workers’ Party of North Korea.
And she’s good at her job. Damned good.