Media Criticized for ‘Fawning Coverage’ of North Korea During Winter Olympics

Statements are pouring in on social media condemning mainstream media’s praises of North Korea as they report on the Winter Olympics in South Korea, which was attended by Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, for three days. Leaders from North and South are likely to meet for the first time in over a decade.

“The fawning coverage in the media of the murderous North Korean regime is a kick in the gut to oppressed people and the dissidents yearning for freedom,” wrote Daniel Darling, the Vice President for Communications for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, on Twitter.

David French, Senior Fellow at National Review Institute, wrote, “Some of the media stupidity on display is the result of the ridiculous utopianism that plagues every Olympics. ‘Oh gee, look at the world come together.’ ‘Oh wow, we’re not that different.’ But we don’t ‘come together,’ and we are ‘that different.'”

Referring to a report by ABC News, French earlier tweeted, “Just saw the first video of that North Korean cheer squad that is supposedly stealing hearts or somesuch. How any person can see that at not be creeped out is beyond me. Imagine the brutality that led to that symmetry.”

A report by ABC News read, “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 in South Korea as they chant, sway and dance in unison.”

A North Korean defector, 26-year-old Hee Yeon Lim, recently alleged in a media interview that Kim Jong Un keeps teenage sex slaves whom he takes from schools, enjoys a luxury lifestyle while his people starve, and forces children to watch public executions.

According to Open Doors, anywhere from 50,000 to 70,000 Christians are suffering in labor camps in North Korea.

The Federalist author James Hasson, a Catholic and Afghanistan veteran, tweeted, “Here are stories fawning over North Korea at the Olympics,” and listed media outlets, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, CNN, ABC News, NBC News, NPR, Time and The Telegraph. The tweet added, “Oh and here are articles from a few weeks ago warning that NK would use the Olympics as a propaganda offensive. Good job, guys.”

CNN anchor Jake Tapper wrote, “If you hate US leaders more than you hate the Kim Jong-un regime, you really need to read up on North Korea.” He included links to reports from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch on North Korea.

Reporter Salena Zito tweeted, “I am deeply saddened by how my profession has normalized and glamorized this murderous regime. And then we wonder why no one trusts us.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post