Kim Jong-un’s pretty sister wowed the American media at the Olympics in Pyeongchang last weekend, and the result was embarrassing.
Kim Yo-jong is a top adviser to the world’s most brutal dictator — and yes, there is plenty of competition for that distinction. Commentators were beside themselves over her smile, charm, and did I mention her smile? Apparently, she’d gotten through a three-day PR exercise without poisoning anyone.
“If ‘diplomatic dance’ were an event at the Winter Olympics,” CNN crooned, then “Kim Jong-un's younger sister would be favored to win gold.” And if “unctuous coverage” were an event, The Washington Post would have run away with it: Observers “marveled at her barely-there makeup and her lack of bling. They commented on her plain black outfits and simple purse,” the Post wrote. “Here she was, a political princess, but the North Korean ‘first sister’ had none of the hallmarks of power and wealth that Koreans south of the divide have come to expect.”
In comparison, The New York Times was downright perfunctory. “Flashing a sphinx-like smile and without ever speaking in public, Ms. Kim managed to outflank Mr. Trump’s envoy to the Olympics, Vice President Mike Pence, in the game of diplomatic image-making.” Mr. Pol Pot would be so envious.
I can’t decide if the story here is that if you look good, that’s all that matters, or that some pundits have such disdain for Pence that they’d favor a family that starves and suppresses their own people over him.
She runs the propaganda operation for a Stalinist regime that holds some 130,000 political prisoners in concentration camps that a renowned Holocaust survivor has compared to Auschwitz.
I’ll say this, though: She is good at her job.