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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