“If ‘diplomatic dance’ were an event at the Winter Olympics, Kim Jong Un’s younger sister would be favored to win gold,” CNN wrote salivatingly about the tyrant’s sibling, adding:
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.
It’s almost as though the network has suffered a bout of amnesia, forgetting the many human rights violations Kim’s despotic brother has visited on his countryman or the existential threat he poses to the U.S.
CNN is not alone in going gaga over Ms. Kim. ABC News glowingly reports that Kim “South Korean broadcaster YTN showed pictures of Kim Yo Jong smiling and talking to the South’s unification minister. Kim Yo Jong, who is also known to be the propaganda director for North Korea’s ruling Worker’s Party, was caught on camera smiling throughout her trip today.” Cue an upbeat rendition of “Happy Days Are Here Again.”
The sickening display has prompted dismayed reactions from the Right, including this tweet by conservative journalist Salena Zito:
I am deeply saddened by how my profession has normalized and glamorized this murderous regime.
And then we wonder why no one trusts us. pic.twitter.com/pMKVPEvOWP
— SalenaZito (@SalenaZito) February 11, 2018
You might think the MSM would feel duly chastised, but no sooner had Zito’s tweet gone live, than CNN anchor Chris Cuomo responded:
You don’t think having a President who lies about what is “fake” and actively maligns the free press out of convenience is a bigger reason for animosity toward us than how some decide to cover this bs? https://t.co/xyaZ3HRYIS
— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) February 11, 2018
And there you have it, the Left’s stock answer to whatever ails humanity. It’s Donald Trump’s fault.
For the first five or so years of the Obama presidency, it was George W. Bush’s fault, but that’s water under the bridge, as they say.
Cuomo’s reply to Zito touched off a tweetstorm, with much of the criticism coming from fellow members of the fourth estate:
The North Koreans have been brutalizing their citizens long before Donald Trump. This is shameful whataboutism.
— Bethany S. Mandel (@bethanyshondark) February 11, 2018
You think he started this? You really don’t realize he does the “fake news” thing because it plays to a resentment that existed long, long before his candidacy?
— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) February 11, 2018
Everyone say it with me now:
You don’t have to like Trump —
but Kim Jong Un is so much worse.
If you don’t understand the difference between a nation’s leader sending out some stupid tweets and a nation’s leader running a prison state, you should just walk away from journalism. https://t.co/CgZf2L2wIM
— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) February 11, 2018