CNN is facing a backlash over an article about North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, which critics claim paints her family’s repressive regime in a positive light.
The piece, published on Saturday, is headlined: “Kim Jong Un’s sister is stealing the show at the Winter Olympics.”
The article does note that Kim Jong Un “has ruled with an iron fist since coming to power” and operates “Nazi-style prison camps.”
It says Kim Yo Jong, whose attendance at the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, has attracted wide attention, is “seen by some as her brother’s answer to American first daughter Ivanka Trump.” Kim Yo Jong, the article says, “is not only a powerful member of Kim Jong Un’s kitchen cabinet but also a foil to the perception of North Korea as antiquated and militaristic.”
She “made headlines across the globe,” according to CNN, when on Saturday she invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in to visit the North.
Critics including Russian chess legend and political activist Garry Kasparov have claimed the article is “propaganda.”
CNN did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.
Someone tell @CNN that their site has been hacked by the North Korean propaganda ministry. https://t.co/AoPS5tgVM5
— Garry Kasparov (@Kasparov63) February 10, 2018
Also stealing her country’s meager wealth to live in opulence while they starve. But doing it in style. You go, girl! https://t.co/VicDse7YkI
— Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) February 10, 2018
yasss kweeen! werk it as you oppress your people! gettttt that crime against humanity, gurlllll! https://t.co/ch6VrHOU6G
— David Mack (@davidmackau) February 10, 2018
Seriously, guys? https://t.co/ZmVHDmvkd4
— Mark Follman (@markfollman) February 10, 2018
Does this fit into the “Imelda Marcos’s shoes are !!!” genre of “news”? https://t.co/rnq99FLVrK
— Elizabeth Spiers (@espiers) February 10, 2018
she’s literally the deputy director of the “Propaganda and Agitation Department” for one of the world’s most repressive regimes. https://t.co/fPs6UhdZ3X
— Jesse Lehrich (@JesseLehrich) February 10, 2018
— Zac Petkanas (@Zac_Petkanas) February 10, 2018
Earlier this week, a CNN reporter was fooled by a witty North Korean propaganda parody account. Today, CNN is a North Korean propaganda parody account. https://t.co/A1xu8Ig3rq
— Brent Bozell (@BrentBozell) February 10, 2018
Does this puff piece mean she’s gotten over her dictator brother’s murder of her other brother? https://t.co/JhjCimwQ9O
— Brit Hume (@brithume) February 10, 2018
This normalization of North Korea is truly sickening. While Kim Jong Un’s sister and their cheerleaders are enjoying themselves in South Korea, many North Koreans are starving to death and being tortured in work camps. pic.twitter.com/x3y1gf7KxK
— Kassy Dillon (@KassyDillon) February 10, 2018
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