Journalists from across the media are expressing outrage after CNN published a glowing piece about how Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korea’s brutal dictator Kim Jong Un, is ‘stealing the show at the Winter Olympics,’ in PyeongChang, South Korea.
The piece, which took three reporters to write, also claimed Kim Yo Jong is North Korea’s Ivanka Trump.
This crazy murderous dictator’s sister is just like Ivanka Trump, reports CNN, except for the whole running the “Propaganda and Agitation Department” thing… pic.twitter.com/DDmSH7TWav
— Steve Krakauer (@SteveKrak) February 10, 2018
According to CNN, Kim Yo Jong’s presence is a calculated answer to Ivanka Trump’s role at the Olympics’ closing ceremony.
Kim Yo Jong’s profile has been steadily rising since 2014, when she was made deputy director of the Propaganda and Agitation Department of the Workers’ Party. Her position is such that, according to a Seoul-based think tank run by North Korean defectors, Kim briefly took charge of the country while her brother was reportedly ill with gout or diabetes in late 2014. She also plays an important role as an informant for her brother, Gause said. Experts say her visit for the Winter Games is calculated to answer the expected presence of Ivanka Trump at the closing ceremonies. “Kim Yo Jong is the perfect counterpart to this,” Hwang said. “And it also is a signal that North Korea is not this crazy, weird former Cold War state — but it too has young women that are capable and are the future leadership.”
The article’s premise garnered widespread criticism.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 10, 2018
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) February 10, 2018
If I were working for CNN I would honestly resign before writing this piece. Beyond a certain point, no job is worth sacrificing your dignity or whitewashing true evil like this. https://t.co/k2qNfoV2zD
— Jeff B. is *BOX OFFICE POISON* (@EsotericCD) February 10, 2018
Why are people in the replies treating Kim’s sister like she’s some icon throwing shade and not the member of a family that has terrorized its people for 60 years. FFS people you can disagree with the VP…even hate him….without praising the Kims or agreeing with them. https://t.co/xTKizY9xP2
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) February 10, 2018