NYT CEO: Our Paper’s Cozying Up To Brutal North Korea Was Good Reporting

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Posted: Feb 12, 2018 7:30 PM
NYT CEO: Our Paper’s Cozying Up To Brutal North Korea Was Good Reporting

Our intern Chris touched upon this, but it has to be repeated. What has happened over the past couple of days during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea has been an absolute disgrace for the news media. North Korea’s brutal dictator, Kim Jong-un, sent his sister, Kim Yo-jong, to represent his country in the games. The media fawned over her. She’s winning diplomatic gold to look at her giving Vice President Mike Pence the death stare, using this murderous clan of characters as a proxy to attack the Trump administration. Keep in mind that the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, gave the Trump White House “big credit” for bringing the North Koreans to the table of the first inter-Korea talks in a couple years. No military exercises would be held and the peninsula’s tensions were greatly de-escalated prior to the start of the games. Yet, liberals still seem to think Trump is gunning for war with North Korea.

Then, this appalling fawning over North Korea’s cohort of brainwashed cheerleaders. For all the criticism about the Trump administration cozying up to Putin or authoritarian leaders, the news media surely kicked it up a notch by normalizing one of the most brutal regimes on the planet just to take a swipe at the Trump administration. Of all places, one of the few media outlets to trash North Korea for the thugs that they are was Buzzfeed, who noted a) they enslaved their own people; b) they have gulags; c) she’s part of the Propaganda and Agitation Department; d) her brother probably killed his half-brother; and e) North Korea has been blamed for the death of U.S. college student Otto Warmbier.

Bethany Mandel, who raises money and works with Liberty In North Korea, which helps refugees escape that communist hellhole of a nation, was also disturbed by the news media’s lovefest with North Korea:

The enemy of your enemy is not your friend. Kim Yo Jong, deputy director of the Propaganda and Agitation Department of North Korea, and sister of Kim Jong Un, is no exception.

This is, apparently, news to the news media. As the Winter Olympics opened in South Korea, US reporters and analysts gave Kim the TMZ treatment, going so far as to liken her to Ivanka Trump

That Ivanka comparison, by the way, brought to you by the Washington Post. A dispatch on Kim from Anna Fifield began, “They marveled at her barely-there makeup and her lack of bling. They commented on her plain black outfits and simple purse. They noted the flower-shaped clip that kept her hair back in a no-nonsense style.”

Strange reading a red carpet-like report about a member of a regime that has concentration camps the size of Los Angeles, where children have been secretly photographed starving in the streets and whose leader uses anti-aircraft weaponry to execute his political enemies.

And it’s not like they don’t know about this. North Korea’s endless slate of human rights abuses has been reported in multiple outlets here, here, here, and here. For The New York Times, they had this headline: “Kim Jong-un’s Sister Turns On the Charm, Taking Pence’s Spotlight.” The response from their CEO, Mark Thompson, on the criticism lobbed at the news media for their North Korea coverage was literally a shoulder shrug. 

“It felt like good reporting to me,” he said. 

The Federalist’s Ben Domenech said that the news media has unilaterally declared the American experiment dead, and that means a free for all of sorts—like defending the most despicable people on the planet:

It’d be nice to claim that the American press, while maintaining objectivity and balancing against bias, is still inherently American – that they are patriots who love this country even as they report on its defects. Recall the quote from Daniel Patrick Moynihan while Ambassador to the United Nations: “Am I embarrassed to speak for a less than perfect democracy? Not one bit. Find me a better one. Do I suppose there are societies which are free of sin? No, I don’t. Do I think ours is, on balance, incomparably the most hopeful set of human relations the world has? Yes, I do. Have we done obscene things? Yes, we have. How did our people learn about them? They learned about them in the newspapers.” And that is important.

But we cannot say these things when the American media, time and again, illustrates its utter hatred for the nation and its people in those newspapers and on television. Having judged the American project kaput after the election of Donald Trump, they are now stooping to the level of defending the North Koreans – perhaps the most brutal and heinous regime in the world today – thanks to some side-eye from its minister of propaganda, the sister of Kim Jong Un.

Yeah, this after NBC Sports had to apologize for giving Japan a pat on the back for their brutal occupation of Korea between 1910-1945, wounds that have not healed and probably never will. So, in many areas, the news media, as it has been since Trump’s win, has been a total and utter embarrassment.

Oh, and keep in mind that there are three Americans being detained by North Korea and those cheerleaders that everyone loved. Well, in 2015, 21 were sent to prison camps for speaking about their experience in South Korea. Media, you really know how to pick ‘em.