By Kyle Becker
If members of the American public have been inured to the grotesque, they might be forgiven. As the daily dosage of the media’s inane and trivial reportage might become desensitizing for those of a more passive constitution, it is challenging to highlight the depraved in a meaningful way.
The U.S. media’s coverage of the 2018 Olympics has surpassed expectations with its ‘theater of the absurd’ re-imagining of North Korea. It has seemingly transformed overnight from nightmarish communist hellscape to plucky underdog story, replete with charming monochromatic state slaves marching lockstep towards their brighter socialist future.
A handful of examples suffices to draw out this ghastly display of real-time historical revision.
CNN reported that Kim Jong Un’s sister is “stealing the show” at the winter Olympics.
Reminder: Kim Yo Jong is a prominent member of a family that presides over a gulag state.
The Washington Post slyly compared Kim Yo Jong to Ivanka Trump.
Reminder: Ivanka Trump does not belong to a murderous dictatorial regime.
Not to be outdone, ABC News led the cheerleading for North Korea’s creepy display of social homogeneity.
Reminder: Hundreds of state-owned slaves wearing fake grins and displaying synchronized conformity out of fear of execution is not inspiring, it’s downright creepy.
The Washington Post’s Phillip Bump initiated social media fanboying over Kim Yo Jong’s “deadly side eye” at Mike Pence.
Reminder: The sinister sister of a tyrant disrespecting the president is not a “slay queen” moment.
Although the U.S. media’s circumstantial rehabilitation of murderous communist regimes traces back over a hundred years with the New York Times’ gushing over the Bolsheviks’ October Revolution, one suspects that the excessively exuberant homage to North Korea is deeply rooted in animus to the presiding Trump administration.
The Washington Post, for example, lamented in an overwrought post that the father of Otto Warmbier might be used as a “prop” for the White House. Such considerations appear to be absent during prior administrations, at least as far as the possibility of presidents highlight individuals whose messages are worthy of public consideration. And what is Mr. Warmbier’s message? That his son was wrongly imprisoned, tortured and sent home in an incapacitated state by North Korea before his imminent death — all for stealing a poster.
But in contrast with the current White House, how bad can the North Koreans really be?
Fortunately, some poor miserable souls who have experienced the barbarism of North Korea firsthand have escaped to relay their trenchant message of just how deplorable the conditions are there. Ian McKelvey sought to tell their story, which transcends words.
The next time you see positive light being shed on the North Korean hell state, remember these haunting images from those who actually experienced it. They are far more real than the pomp and circumstance that is currently being put on display by the shameless U.S. media.