I get confused when it’s acceptable to normalize a repressive regime and when it isn’t. Apparently, the line is if normalizing a murderous dictator helps the media bash the Trump Administration, it’s all good in the hood. This was on clear and embarrassing display from the media on Saturday. Even I thought fangirling over Kim Jong Un’s sister would be out of the question for those afflicted with Trump Derangement Syndrome.
Yet here we are, after watching the mainstream media trip over themselves to praise North Korea. All because Kim Yo Jong went all “YASSSSS KWEEN” and “threw shade” at Mike Pence.
There were a number of bronze and silver medal tries in the sport of (justifiable) media bashing:
If you fangirl over murderous regimes you lose all right to complain about the loss of trust in your profession
— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) February 11, 2018
Seriously. The press is just one giant in-kind contribution to Trump 2020. https://t.co/05EGp8NNXy
— Johnny Internet (@brodigan) February 11, 2018
I can't tell if the awful U.S. reporting on the Olympics is because outlets are looking for stuff to turn into memes and clicks or because they are genuinely stupid and don't realize they are being used as propagandists
— Haley Byrd (@byrdinator) February 11, 2018
Kim Jong Un, shortly after ordering his next round of executions: “Here’s a photo of me posing with a puppy!”
US media: Squee!
Lefty Twitter: Pence tortures puppies!
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) February 11, 2018
Me in 2017: I can't understand how people could be so stupid to fall for fake Facebook stories promoted by Russia.
Me now watching the media fawn over North Korea's Olympics propaganda: Oh… I get it now. pic.twitter.com/MJvWknrjN7
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) February 11, 2018
But the Gold Medal goes to The Today Show’s Willie Geist, who just backed the bus over a lot of his mainstream media colleagues.
I can report South Koreans here in Pyeongchang are not as enthralled with Kim Yo Jong and the North Korean cheerleaders as it seems some media are back home.
Something about N.K. killing, starving, & imprisoning its people while threatening South Korea with nuclear annihilation.
— Willie Geist (@WillieGeist) February 11, 2018
I do believe that is game, set, and match.
The funny thing is, I’m the furthest thing from knee jerk “the media sucks, yargle blargle” guy. People have a habit of throwing the words “fake news” or “Russian trolls” around whenever anyone reports something they don’t like. But, when you have CNN, the New York Times, and every leftist on the boob tube going out of their way to prove Trump’s opinion of them right, it can’t be denied.
I suppose the left is trying to play the “enemy of my enemy” strategy. The only thing they’ve succeeded in doing is to remind us just how petty and amoral they can be when it comes to the subject of the Donald. We understand how the left is not fond of the orange man. But, cozying up to the sister of a maniacal dictator who wants to turn the west to glass is just a bad look.
While we’re on the subject: