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WTF MSM!? The media’s weekend North Korea fawning was as bad as you can imagine

Straight-up propaganda …

This is CNN … During the opening ceremonies for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Vice President Mike Pence sat while athletes from North and South Korea entered the stadium. The Left was apoplectic. On Saturday, CNN weighed in with a tweet linking to an article. The tweet said: “Kim Jong Un's sister is stealing the show at the Winter Olympics.” The article was even worse. The response to CNN’s take was strong and fast. People with functioning brains who understand that one shouldn’t help a murderous dictatorial regime spread propaganda called CNN out.

CNN’s original article made no mention of the brutality of the North Korean Kim regime. You can see that here in this archived version of the story. Later in the day, the article was updated to add the word “brutal” in. No editor’s note explaining the change was provided by CNN. This was meant to blunt the attacks on the network, and to try — laughably after the fact — to offer balance. The damage was done, and it only got worse as the weekend progressed.

Jake Tapper’s 24 hours of silence … Over 24 hours after the original story, CNN’s Jake Tapper weighed in with his take via Twitter. Tapper tweeted: “If you hate US leaders more than you hate the Kim Jong-un regime, you really need to read up on North Korea.” That’s great, Jake, but why did it take so long to get that message across? Especially since the “hate” was coming from his own network. Did you have to "read up" on North Korea yourself?

Others at CNN blamed Trump … When such a colossal mistake in coverage was made, you would expect those associated with the organization making the mistake to have some self-awareness. Unfortunately, you’d be wrong. While some like Tapper and CNN’s Salena Zito called out the media for the ridiculous, fawning coverage, others at CNN found a way to Blame Trump. For her part, Zito tweeted:

CNN’s Chris Cuomo swiftly shot back at Zito with the following tweet:

Cuomo’s tweet is a revealing look into how media types actually thinks. To them, there have not been decades of biased coverage against conservatives. No, this animosity against the media is some new phenomenon that’s all because of President Donald Trump. The real deal? Trump harnessed an already significant mistrust of the media and rode it to victory.

Cuomo’s colleague Oliver Darcy also lamented that there was such a large backlash against the media over the coverage. Darcy, like Cuomo, blamed the distrust of media on Trump and conservative media. This comes from a guy whose partner in media coverage at CNN, Brian Stelter, regularly has Dan Rather on his weekend television show. It’s hard to argue that the president falsely accuses people of making things up when you lionize people who were fired for making things up.

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