Mainstream media fawn over North Korea at Olympics — and ignores their massive human rights abuses

The mainstream media fawn over North Korea at the Olympics. (David McNew/Getty Images)

Chris Enloe

The mainstream media, including some of the nation’s largest news outlets, have fawned over North Korea’s presence at the Winter Olympics since the games’ opening ceremonies on Friday.

What are they saying?

Many found the coverage extremely distasteful and highly confusing given North Korea’s dictatorial regime and extensive record of human rights abuses.

Some of the articles noted North Korea’s human rights abuses and the nuclear tensions the isolated country has with the U.S., but otherwise, the articles spoke positively of North Korea’s presence at the winter games.

The coverage of Yo Jong was most confusing given her close relationship to her brother, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. In fact, as director of the Propaganda and Agitation Department of the Workers’ Party of Korea, Yo Jung has been personally sanctioned by the U.S. government for being a key figure in the North Korean government contributing to the horrid human rights abuses of the North Korean people.

Regarding the cheerleaders, Ian Bremmer put it best: “They’re human hostages of a criminal regime. It’s the most heartbreaking thing we’ll see at the Olympics.

What are some of NK’s human rights abuses?

According to Human Rights Watch, the North Korean government tightly controls the movement of its citizens in and out of the country, tightly restricts access to media and prevents free expression, speech and media, commits “inhuman treatment” of citizens and prisoners in the equivalent of slave or concentration camps, participates in slave labor and has horrid labor laws.

(H/T: Becket Adams)