Opinion: It is unpatriotic for U.S. media to give publicity victories to North Korea
EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.
WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - I am a huge fan of the Winter Olympics. The skiing, skating, hockey, are all a blast to watch.
However, the intersection of these Winter Olympics with politics has been very unfortunate.
For some reason, many in the American media have made these games a public relations bonanza for North Korea. U.S. media has been giving positive coverage to a regime which murders and oppresses its own people.
Let’s take a look at a few examples. Kim Yo-Jong is the sister of North Korean tyrant Kim Jong Un, whom you may know as "Little Rocket Man." Ms. Kim is also the deputy director of the propaganda and agitation department of the North Korean Communist Party. She represented the rogue state at the opening ceremony of these games. Vice President Pence represented our United States.
CNN and The New York Times, among others, gave glowing reviews to Kim Yo-Jong. Some even claimed that she somehow outmaneuvered Vice President Mike Pence. These outlets praised the head of propaganda of a state which threatens to nuke our country.
NBC, USA Today and others have been swooning over the North Korean cheering squad. The fact that these cheerleaders train in horrific conditions has not been a focus. The cheering North Koreans are so well coordinated because they live in fear of making a mistake.
Here is the bottom line: it is unpatriotic for our media to be giving publicity victories to North Korea. American coverage of North Korea should not and cannot line up with the propaganda that the communist leaders of the country feed their starving people.