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Sorry, Whoopi, But That Pence-Is-to-Gays-What-Nazis-Are-to-Jews Analogy is Horrible

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Being a world class moral idiot, Donald Trump has an uncanny ability to turn his critics into moral idiots too.

Case in point: Increased tensions between the Trump administration and the nuclear-armed, dynastic despotism of North Korea are leading major media outlets and the president’s partisan antagonists (often indistinguishable) to swoon over the North Korean delegation to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. “North Korea’s 200-plus cheerleaders steal spotlight at 2018 Winter Olympics with matching outfits, synchronized chants,” reads a headline from ABC News. (You’d steal the spotlight too if missing a beat in a synchronized chant resulted in death for yourself and your entire family). A CNN dispatch declared Kim Jong-Un’s sister was “stealing the show,” presumably in the same way Adolf Hitler did at the 1936 Berlin games. (“If ‘diplomatic dance’ were an event at the Winter Olympics,” the CNN reporters wrote, Kim Yo Jong “would be favored to win gold.”) The New York Times, channeling the spirit of Walter Duranty, headlined a dispatch, “Kim Jong-Un’s Sister Turns on the Charm, Taking Pence’s Spotlight,” favorably contrasting her “messages of reconciliation” with Vice President Mike Pence’s “old message” of pledging that the U.S. would “continue to ratchet up” sanctions.” In a since-deleted tweet, Washington Post national reporter Philip Bump swooned over the “deadly side-eye” Jong shot at Pence; a Post headline, quoting a think tank analyst, dubbed her the “Ivanka Trump of North Korea.” So fawning and obsequious has coverage of the North Korean slave state been that Buzzfeed, as reliable a shaper and purveyor of woke millennial opinion as any outlet, felt the need to issue a “PSA” informing readers that the emissary of a giant concentration camp is “Not Your New Fave Shade Queen” but rather a “Garbage Monster.”

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