The Point: A Red Star is Born

A Red star is born.

“If ‘diplomatic dance’ were an event at the Winter Olympics, Kim Jong Un’s younger sister would be favored to win gold.” So began a fawning piece by CNN about Kim Yo Jong’s charm offensive at the Olympics.

Not only is she “a powerful member of Kim Jong Un’s kitchen cabinet,” CNN cooed, “but also a foil to the perception of North Korea as antiquated and militaristic.” Look, if she’s a foil, it’s only to fools.

CNN needed reminding that the North Korean regime is the most murderous government on the planet. If she’s in her brother’s inner circle, she’s complicit.

With coverage like this, no wonder so many millennials and Gen-Z types think communism is “pretty chill.”

The good news is CNN got slammed. Even Buzzfeed did it: “What the [heck] is wrong with you people?” they wrote.

But in a world where, as the late Neil Postman would say, entertainment is everything, even a dictator’s sister can be a star.

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Resources

Kim Jong Un's sister is stealing the show at the Winter Olympics
  • Joe Sterling, Sheena McKenzie and Brian Todd | CNN | February 10, 2018
Millennials: Communism sounds pretty chill
  • Shawn Langlois | Marketwatch.com | November 2, 2017
Understanding the Media’s Ugly Weekend
  • David French | National Review | February 12, 2018

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  • Timothy D Padgett

    Thank you for this constructive and detailed comment. However, assertion that NK is the most murderous regime on the planet is based on present and ongoing activity, not in all of human history. There are many others down through the ages would could also make such a list. Nonetheless, the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany no longer exist, and Communist China, while still active as an entity is thankfully no longer as barbarous to its own people as it was during the reign of Mao. NK is still behaving in this way.