Shapiro At 'National Review': Why The Media Are Fawning Over North Korea

There’s a red star over the Olympics.

The media couldn’t get enough of Kim Jung Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong. The Washington Post described presence at the Winter Olympics in South Korea this way: “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.” The New York Times similarly gushed, “Flashing a sphinx-like smile and without ever speaking in public, Ms. Kim managed to outflank Mr. Trump’s envoy to the Olympics, Vice President Mike Pence, in a game of diplomatic image-making.” Best of all, Kim gave “deadly side-eye” — the words of The Washington Post’s Philip Bump, in a since-deleted tweet — to Pence.

For two years, we’ve heard from the media that we mustn’t “normalize” the Trump administration. Now they’re normalizing a regime with one of the worst human-rights records on the planet, one that murdered American Otto Warmbier, created a modern gulag system for dissidents, and let hundreds of thousands of its own citizens starve to death.

It wasn’t just Kim. It was the North Korean red-festooned, uniformly grinning cheerleading squad. “First stars of the Olympic Games have emerged — North Korea’s cheerleaders,” a Wall Street Journal headline blared. “Clad in coordinated outfits of red with white and blue accents, North Korea’s throng of more than 200 cheerleaders are stealing the spotlight at the 23rd Winter Olympic Games,” ABC News drooled.

Remember when the media suggested that we were just moments away from a revival of The Handmaid’s Tale, the Margaret Atwood dystopia in which women were forced to become red-wearing tools of the state? Now such costumes are cute and funny, and the Stepford-wives smiles pasted on the faces of the victims of an authoritarian regime are somehow cause for celebration.

What in the world would prompt the media to treat North Korea like this?

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