The Freest Press In The World Normalizes The Most Oppressive Regime On The Planet
ST. LOUIS —
The sister of North Korea's brutal and murderous dictator, Kim Jong Un, "stole the show" at the Winter Olympics. At least, that's what a large majority of national news media believe. Major U.S. news outlets were more than happy to spread the propaganda the Communist country, which is known to let its own people starve, imprison its own people for infractions like not appearing sad enough when Un's father Kim Jong Il passed away or mistakenly using a paper with Un's face on it to mop up a spilled drink.
These are not tales from extremist web sites peddling "fake news". In 2014, the United Nations cited the country's brutal treatment of its people as, "violations of a terrifying scale, the gravity and nature of which … do not have any parallel in the contemporary world.”
North Korea prison camps don't hold criminals, they hold entire families, sent there by its leaders to purge anyone who may compromise them. Witnesses who have escaped the camps say prisoners are forced to kill each other to entertain guards, women are forced to kill their own babies after giving birth. The country targets its own people based on religious, racial, and political grounds.
Meanwhile, in the United States, the free press spent the last year feeding conspiracy stories about President Trump, including allegations that his campaign colluded with the Russia to influence the results of the presidential election. Despite zero evidence being found, an investigation costing taxpayers millions of dollars continues, pursuing members of the Trump Administration for process crimes having nothing to do with the investigation.
Is there a media bias? You bet. A study in December found an astounding 90% of negative press coverage of the Trump Administration. Members of the press openly stated it was "now more important than ever" to hold a president accountable. Many in the press also said that it was important not to "normalize" the Trump Administration.
During the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics, Kim Yo-jong was inexplicably ushered into the same viewing box as the Vice-President of the United States, who did not acknowledge her or stand during the entrance of the North Korean athletes. Yo-jong was caught on camera giving Vice-President Mike Pence a steely glare. The media quickly jumped on her bandwagon, and in the process, "normalized" the very same leaders the U.N. condemned just four years ago.
CNN: Kim Jong-un’s sister is “stealing the show.”
Reuters: His regime is headed for the “diplomacy gold medal.”
The Wall Street Journal: North Korean cheerleaders! Olympic stars are born!
The Washington Post: Here's what those cheerleaders have to say!
At the Winter Olympics, Vice-President Mike Pence's appearance brought fierce criticism from the media, Hollywood celebrities, even some athletes.
U.S. Olympic Ice Skater Adam Rippon made himself a media darling by taking aim at Pence, repeating the often used claim that the Vice-President supports "gay conversion therapy".
The source of this claim is a snippet from Pence's 2000 Congressional campaign, where his campaign website said, "(Federal) resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior." In other words, Pence has never said that he supports "gay conversion therapy".
When Pence offered an olive branch to meet with Rippon, he was rebuffed. On "The View", Whoopi Goldberg claimed Pence's offer "would be like asking a Jewish person to sit down and understand where the Nazi is coming from."
During the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics in South Korea, Pence attended with special guest Fred Warmbier. Warmbier is the father of Otto Warmbier, an American citizen who was imprisoned by the North Korean regime for the crime of allegedly stealing a propaganda poster.
Warmbier was sentenced to 15 years hard labor in a prison camp. Warmbier was finally freed after 17 months. He was nearly comatose, and died just days after returning to the U.S. Warmbier's father says the Obama Administration urged them to downplay their son's arrest. Warmbier was released a few months after President Trump was sworn into office.
The same media which today toasts the leaders of the murderous North Korean regime mocked Otto Warmbier, calling him a "frat boy". The Huffington Post published a story that included the smug statement, “North Korea proves your white male privilege isn’t universal.”
After Warmbier was taken into custody in North Korea, Comedy Central host Larry Wilmore presented an entire segment trashing him, taking aim at his race and status. Wilmore also began the drumbeat that has become even more common after Trump's election, that the elected President Trump is actually an authoritarian dictator.
“Frat bro privilege not valid in totalitarian dystopias.” Listen, Otto Von Crybaby, if you're so anxious to go to a country with an unpredictable megalomaniac in charge, just wait a year and you'll live in one! It's coming, you guys! You know that s*** is coming! Make America Great!"
In other words, a murderous totalitarian regime is OK, because the media believes that President Trump could possibly be a totalitarian regime.
Other left-leaning media outlets went as far as defending the North Korean regime, saying that Warmbier should have never stolen from North Korea.
So it's no surprise that the media has come full circle in 2018, openly singing the praises of North Korea's Minister of Propaganda and Agitation (that's the official title of Kim Jong Un's sister), taking the concept of 'the enemy of my enemy if my friend" to its most extreme depths.
Maybe it's because the media is now playing the role of Minister of Propaganda for the "deep state", refusing to report honestly on revelations that our own intelligence agencies are spying on us and using that information to exert power over us.
As "The Federalist" referenced today, the media is working to portray Trump and anyone working with him as a pending dictator who's working to turn the U.S. into his own authoritarian empire.
"At home, the press sees potential authoritarian rule behind so much as a twitch from the Trump administration. Trump is labeled a fascist because he rewarded a private company for investing in the United States, and because he broke protocol with China by calling the president of Taiwan. He is said to be using Mussolini and Hitler’s playbook by openly criticizing the press. When Trump’s transition team declined to bring on people loyal to former New Jersey governor Chris Christie, the media characterized it as a 'Stalin-esque purge.'"
So it's no wonder why many people are wondering why the media, frothing at the mouth to label President Trump an evil authoritarian dictator, is so openly in love with an actual evil authoritarian dictator?
As Ben Shapiro noted today in the National Review, it's in the leftist politics. Journalists with the New York Times, going back to the 1930's glowingly wrote of the wonders of the Soviet Union and its leader Joseph Stalin. Other writers sung the praises of China's own communist authoritarian dictator, Mao.
Basically, the mainstream media loves well-coordinated collectivist displays a lot more than limited government. Apparently, they will go as far as cheering on an actual oppressive, authoritarian dictatorship and jeer the will of the people of the United States of America.