Mainstream media types just aren’t that smart. They aren’t thinkers. Not when Kim Yo Jong has emerged from obscurity and is receiving treatment not unlike the treatment they once gave to Asma al-Assad.
Remember Asma al-Assad? Before Syria imploded into civil war, the media flirted with the idea of Asma as a cosmopolitan beauty queen who just so happened to be married to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Nancy Pelosi famously visited the Assads in Syria wearing a veil. One wonders, if Asma was such a cosmopolitan type of person why the need for a veil?
Like Asma al-Assad, Kim Yo Jong is a regime insider. She is Kim Jong Un’s sister and is said to be closer to him than anyone else. She may have even taken over running North Korea some years ago when Kim Jong Un may have been ill.
Like Asma al-Assad, Kim Yo Jong no doubt has blood on her hands. One doesn’t rise and survive in regimes like that – whether in Damascus or Pyongyang – by remaining pure as the driven snow and clean as a whistle.
Yet the media are awash – as they once were with Asma al-Assad – with stories about Jong’s supposed beauty and elegance. Most outlets have gone so far to compare her to Ivanka Trump No doubt some of that is intended to infer comparison between President Trump and Kim Jong Un because you know, according to the media we are living under an unprecedented dictatorship. (Interesting how, if we are living under a dictator, the media are free to report about it 24/7. If Trump were a Kim Jong Un-style dictator wouldn’t Rachel Maddow and the entire staff of CNN be in a prison camp by now?).
While it’s tempting to try and connect dots and find that the largely leftist mainstream media craves authoritarianism, no need to. That much is self-evident and has been for unfortunately a long while now.
The reality is, the mainstream media are just plain stupid. They collectively constitute a hillbilly village. They all know one another and they share information with one another. Ideas from outside their narrow boundaries are strictly prohibited. They go to the same bars and restaurants where they repeat each other’s talking points. They do so knowing, that just like in Damascus or Pyongyang, among their own there is a pecking order. For them the ultimate is to gain a seat on a CNN or MSNBC show – or to get a coveted invite to a party hosted by an elite in the Northwest neighborhood of Washington or Manhattan in New York.
Not a one of them has the courage to explore for example, Jong’s response when asked whether Seoul felt unfamiliar to her. She said it didn’t, that it wasn’t all that unfamiliar. The natural response ought to be along the lines of: would the average North Korean citizen find Seoul unfamiliar? Unlike Jong, the average North Korean lives in abject slavery so obviously Seoul would appear as almost a fantasy.
Or what about Jong’s education in Switzerland. That ought to have prompted questions like: how many North Korean citizens study abroad? (Hint, the handful that do are regime insiders). Why Kim Yo Jong, didn’t you study at a North Korean university?
Instead the mainstream media is just too dumb to escape their fantasy of Kim Yo Jong as elegant, beautiful, and as cultured as they think they are.
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