Media bias on display at Olympics

February 12, 2018

In case you hadn’t heard, the Winter Olympics in South Korea are now underway (they started on Friday, but so far, TV ratings are way down from four years ago). It’s understandable, given the recent nuclear brinksmanship by North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, that his sudden decision to send athletes, cheerleaders and his sister to the Olympics would receive major news coverage. But some of the coverage has ranged from baffling to sickening. Some of our Western news outlets are drooling over North Korea so much, they may be creating a slippage hazard for the ice skaters.

I know these biased outlets hate President Trump and would do anything to diminish his Administration, but when they actually celebrate the transparent propaganda tactics of the most brutally oppressive regime on Earth while denigrating the presence of our own Vice President and ignoring the father of Otto Warmbier, a young American who wasted away to death in a North Korean prison, and three other Americans who are still being held under God-knows-what conditions, they are taking journalistic malpractice to a new and deadly low. Don’t believe they’re that bad? Read some of the quotes at the link. Not since the New York Times’ Russian correspondent fell to his knees to kiss Stalin’s rump have Western media outlets so embarrassed themselves in front of the world.


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Our media are going gaga over Kim Jong Un’s sister as if she’s the Kardashian of Korea and seem totally smitten with the team of pretty cheerleaders that Kim sent. In fact, it’s hard to tell who’s doing the most cheerleading for North Korea: its own cheerleaders or our media.

I wonder if these “journalists” ever ponder the similarity to the “Happy Corps,” a team of women (some of whom are reportedly kidnapped from their families at gunpoint by the military) who “entertain” Kim and are forced to act as concubines to him and other top male officials? Kudos to the media outlets who actually recalled the 2006 North Korean cheerleaders who were sent to a prison camp for talking about what they saw in South Korea. NBC went so far overboard in its idol worship for Boy Leader’s cheerleaders, they even tried to delete one of their tweets, but the Internet is forever.


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Meanwhile, CNN’s attempts to make Kim Jong Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, into some sort of brutal totalitarian Princess Diana because she looks good at the Olympics, are going over on Twitter like a dog meat stand at a PETA convention. To be fair, their original story does mention her role in her brother’s horrific dictatorship, and the pesky fact that she couldn’t be joined by her uncle or half-brother because they were both assassinated by her sibling. But how could anyone hold that against her, what with the “Mona Lisa smile” on her “young, telegenic face”?

The reason people are so intrigued by Mona Lisa’s smile is that it’s so enigmatic. You can’t tell what she might be smiling about. In Kim Yo Jong’s case, I don’t even want to think about what she might be smiling about, considering she and her brother are apparently the only people in North Korea who are able to smile when there isn’t a camera on them.

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Comments 1-43 of 43

  • Sherry E Shrum

    02/23/2018 09:40 AM

    I did not watch the Olympics. Unfortunately, in my opinion, the games lost their glimmer. NBC lost theirs previously. I agree with everything you said, everything! NK went to Olympics just to spread their propaganda & their dreams of superiority. BTW: I immensely enjoy listening to your daughter during those press briefings! She is super intelligent & holds her own against the evil media. ??

  • Jesse Tomblin

    02/16/2018 02:57 PM

    The MORON MEDIA like those they have their heads in the rectums of the Democraps will NEVER pick America over even the VILEST DESPOT. See their idol and god Obozo the EGOTISTICAL MORONIC CLOWN said America was to blame for all the WIES of the World and the MORON MEDIA cannot let his LIES die so they HATE America as he does.

  • Janice Short

    02/14/2018 06:33 PM

    I was watching the opening ceremony until the fake media announced that the "unified country of Korea" would march in next. What a joke! I turned my TV off, then. What a lie! Kim Jong-Un just radiates evil. How can the fake news kiss butt with him & hate President Trump?

  • Dick Lardinois

    02/14/2018 05:23 AM

    I agree Mike, North Korea seems to be glorified by the media. It was not long before the Olympics when missiles were fired over Japan and threats were made against USA. Now they are made to look good which is misguided at best ! If NK were that great it would not be necessary to have to escape there at great personal risk as well as the retribution against family left behind !

  • Carolyn Sue Walden

    02/13/2018 06:44 PM

    Thanks, Mike for your insightful, courageous and witty commentaries that keep me informed on so many fronts.

  • Marty Willis

    02/13/2018 06:12 PM

    When I heard that the DPRK would participate in the Olympics, I thought of Otto Warmbier, and decided I couldn't watch the olympics this time. When I heard our lickspittle MSM toadying to the sister of "dear leader", I wasn't offended I was infuriated. OTTO WARMBIER... SAY HIS NAME.

  • Jeanne Bullock

    02/13/2018 03:11 PM

    Thank you for the truth. I was so upset when I saw the media acting like North Korea was a good place to live. Why does this happen. Don't people want the truth. The media should be ashamed of playing right into North Korea's lies!!!

  • Margaret Kost

    02/13/2018 02:42 PM

    You have the right of it, Governor. Our media. Are they in a stupor or just being stupid because of their hatred of our President. I’m convinced it is the later. Good vs evil. It is heart breaking that they are attempting to ‘sell’ the as you stated the Kardashian of Korea, more Hollywood transfixed fans in a stupor. Please God, wake our media up. By the way, I really enjoyed your show this past Saturday. Good guests, informative conversations and great entertainment. Keep them coming. God Bless You!

  • Joseph Behrendt

    02/13/2018 02:22 PM

    What is funny is that there is no such thing in this country as "journalism". The mainstream media is so bias they don't even pretend to be fair and balanced anymore. They print whatever they feel serves their agenda and that's all. They print the same garbage for weeks until they feel the masses have bought into whatever it is an then go on to a new agenda. People know this is what they do and just accept it . Like with the high crimes of people in government they keep pushing their information even when wrong and even when it is proven wrong until enough people start believing it as true. The problem has occurred because political parties have infiltrated into the media's and have taken over what we see and hear. It has become very much like what Hitler did in the late thirties. It isn't the right that owns most of the media's it is in fact the left. History does repeat itself and it is in the process right now.

  • Bob Boynton

    02/13/2018 02:04 PM

    ...and Iran/Syria declared war on Israel? or didn't the media notice

  • Caroline Johnson

    02/13/2018 01:10 PM

    how unfair is it to glorify this rogue dictatorship in order to prove what and to whom?! It is so embarrassing and unacceptable!

  • Elizabeth Lamb

    02/13/2018 01:10 PM

    Mike,
    I read your column every day. I am so glad to support you and of your support of our 45th President. It is a shame the folks that do not like him are acting so treasonist. Like we had so much pull the last 8 years of pure hell. I hope you will keep up the great blogs and God Bless you and Your Family,

  • Douglas Morgan

    02/13/2018 12:54 PM

    The media and congress has become so anti-America it is very troubling. The Republicans publish their version of the "truth" and Democrats publish theirs. AND it appears that Senator McConnell is exceptionally weak against the so called senator Schumer who appears to be winning all the issues in the Senate. I am a senior citizen and would gladly sacrifice, even my own life, in a cause to restore America to the Judeo-Christian values we once had. But I don't know how to organize millions of us old guys to march on Washington and persist until we prove we will not back down against the liberal/communist forces that are ruining America.

  • Eunice LaSpisa

    02/13/2018 12:42 PM

    I believe that if the Media is so in love with Rocket Man's sister-then President Trump should ban them from returning to the United States-on the crime of aiding & abetting our country's enemy.

  • carol parks

    02/13/2018 12:33 PM

    It is a sad day in USA when our news networks fawn over a dictator n his family this same evil that sent a young man home in an abuse caused coma to die while still holding 3 americans prisoners. Starving their own people torturing them in labor camps. These idiots will pay one day. Their hatred for the President of the USA knows no bounds. Shameful. Nope i would not watch these olympics anymore than i will nfl

  • ROBERT LOMBARDO

    02/13/2018 12:25 PM

    The enemy has taken root among us in the form of the msm, and most of hollywood. North Korea is a threat to the world not only to the united states. This is treason at a time like this.

  • Sam Vanderburg

    02/13/2018 12:15 PM

    You nailed it, Huck! Terrible, horrible on the part of the media. And they wonder why we do not trust them... smh.

  • Robert M Kotch

    02/13/2018 12:05 PM

    ...as the MSM gushed over Bill Clinton saving the world from a nuclear North Korea.

  • Diane Garde

    02/13/2018 12:00 PM

    I am sickened by how the media uses its most important right to speak to bring our Country down in front of the World. It almost makes me want sanctions against them because they are not the pulse of the Nation. Sickened yes, disturbed yes, and ruining the Olympics, yes. Sad for us and our beautiful Country.

  • Elizabeth Honaker

    02/13/2018 11:58 AM

    When these journalists first "rejoiced" over the NoKo decision to attend, Kim's "sister" was billed as his "girlfriend." When did she get transformed?

    Another thought: These journalists are SO eager to forgive mass-murderer Kim in the interests of "kumbaya peace-and-justice"; when are they going to "forgive" President Trump for all the imaginary shortcomings they are SO fond of parading in our faces each and every day?

    To say I am sick about all this is an understatement!

  • Sally Bene

    02/13/2018 11:56 AM

    Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just celebrate the athletes who have trained their whole lives to compete in these Olympic games instead of focusing on politics? Our household is greatly enjoying the games.

  • Marianne Lamb

    02/13/2018 11:07 AM

    Dear Pastor Huckabee,
    Yes what you say is very true. But the liberal media is brainwashed. You can lead a horse to water, but... People that watch the liberal news media stations do not know that a spouse related to the Democratic administrations now and in the past have been married to those at NBC, CBS, CNN, and ABC for a reason. This is to control the news to the American people. It is Communism at it's best. And these people take what they say word for word. They do not bother or care to investigate the truth. It is sad, but true. Thank you for your pursuit of the truth and moral values.
    Marianne Lamb, TX

  • Diann Bell

    02/13/2018 10:47 AM

    Thank you for what I’ve been saying since the opening ceremony. I enjoy the Olympics, but the fawning over North Korea is sickening. Kim is threatening us with nuclear destruction & starves & treats his own people horribly. I could hardly watch the opening ceremony. I was so proud of Vice President Pence & his wife for not being a part of the madness and standing for what’s right. God bless you for speaking out!

  • Sharon Phillippi

    02/13/2018 10:31 AM

    Sir: I have recently been so disgusted by the media that I can no longer follow it 12 hours a day as I used to. I did see a tv clip of the sister that I thought was very interesting . It was only a flash but it was very revealing. She sat for the camera as a beautiful innocent young girl and then looked out of the side of her eyes to her left with a look of anger and judgement that revealed her true character, in my opinion. That look revealed that she is in total agreement with the tactics of her brother. These people are Evil.

  • Ann Rat

    02/13/2018 10:29 AM

    All the crazy hyped up Trump hating media coverage is doing is to make true Americans despise them even more! We saw Kim Yo Jong’s true nature when her cold eyes looked at the South Korean president with such hatred and disdain. The media idiots are digging their holes even deeper and dropping their ratings even lower.

  • DR JOHN ADAIR

    02/13/2018 10:27 AM

    Evil masquerading as lovely is still evil.

  • Brenda Marold Monte

    02/13/2018 10:23 AM

    As the only child of an American solder Mia/pow (we don’t know which) I am offended and outraged by our media’s reaction to North Korea. My Dad gave his life during the Korean War. My heart breaks at such sights.

  • Brenda Marold Monte

    02/13/2018 10:21 AM

    As the only child of an American solder Mia/pow (we don’t know which) I am offended and outraged by our media’s reaction to North Korea. My Dad gave his life during the Korean War. My heart breaks at such sights.

  • Brenda Monte

    02/13/2018 10:17 AM

    As the only child of an American solder Mia/pow (we don’t know which) I am offended and outraged by our media’s reaction to North Korea. My Dad gave his life during the Korean War. My heart breaks at such sights.

  • Joseph Trokey

    02/13/2018 10:08 AM

    I keep thinking about a verse in the Bible. It's not a very long verse and one that many have been apparently looked past many times. It says "and man did what was right in his own eyes". I am very sorrowful when I think of that verse because that is what so many are doing now. There is another verse that says "For do not be deceived,God is not mocked, for what ever a man sows, that he shall also reap." It really makes me sad when I think of those verses for those who act as they are acting right now toward a Godless regime. I'm not perfect and I know I'm not perfect, but I know Jesus as my Savior and He's perfect. I am not judging these people who are fawning over a Godless group of people. God is doing that and it comes from His word. I am very sorrowful that they have let the great deceiver take them over. Nothing good can come of it.

  • Leroy Becker

    02/13/2018 09:57 AM

    Why would they not promote this propaganda? We have to understand these media for what they really are, international socialist propaganda machines, and they are just doing what comes natural.
    Many years ago, for entertainment, my brother and I used to listen to radio Moscow and radio Havanna on a short wave radio, and laugh.
    By doing that, we also learned at an early age how to discern reality from fiction. Today we have the same stuff readily available, including some of the stuff on Fox. Just turn it off, including the advertising.
    People today don't want news, they want entertainment.

  • William T. Bevington

    02/13/2018 09:47 AM

    I never cease to be amazed at the liberal media. Absolutely amazing!

  • Bonnie Osborne

    02/13/2018 09:29 AM

    It is sickening. It’s a Hitler move from 1936. I find her smile, sinister.

  • kimberly moore

    02/13/2018 09:24 AM

    I've got more of a question than a comment, I think...lol.....Why on earth would North Korea even be allowed to participate in the Olympics to begin with? The leader threatens the world almost on a daily basis; I mean; this evil regime is an isolated, non neighborly, diabolical treatment of their own people, and purposefully seem to enjoy causing SUFFERAGE to human beings and even of those who dare to even go visit the communist nation. However, it being a United Nations sponsored event, about a worldly coexistence in the form of "sports" seems to be a deception for all of these years anyway...in my humble opinion. Yeah, its ALL about the money! Personally, I think the Olympics is a BIG waste of money to falsely and seemingly bring the world together even if for a moment in time thru sports and competition, etc. It just seems a farce to me, Especially in these of days, and Especially when Nations like North Korea is allowed to participate, only makes me NOT tune in. The world is FULL of hungry children, sexually exploited boys & girls & women & even men with the perversion of pleasures that BIG money is spent on. The money spent on the Olympics could do SO MANY more MEANINGFUL things for the suffering in this world. Truly makes me sick to my stomach, this whole waste of celebrating and making being an Olympian so highly important. To be a friend to the world is to be an enemy unto our LORD. Adulterers & adulteresses means faithless to God, unclean, apostates. ***James 4:4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.***

  • Kathy Moore

    02/13/2018 09:02 AM

    Governor, "journalistic malpractice" is an apt description of what is currently occurring in most major media outlets. I recently retired from a teaching career and now have time to listen to speeches and compare my interpretation to how what is said is "spun" by so-called journalists. Appalling! Keep up the good fight to #MAGA????

  • Michael Egbert

    02/13/2018 08:51 AM

    ...and by giving those North Koreans so much coverage it provides that monster with tons of propaganda material he can throw at his suppressed people...

  • Lois Foy

    02/13/2018 08:30 AM

    I read the article and I find the news media disgusting too. I do enjoy reading your articles.

  • tom jeffs

    02/13/2018 08:26 AM

    the North Korean Minister of Propaganda made lapdogs of the American media so she's durn good at her job, right ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

  • Joel Cummings

    02/13/2018 08:17 AM

    I and I'm sure many other Americans agree with your assessment of MSM's apparent love affair with the North Korean's display at the olympics. MSM just ignores all of your points and the fact that North Korea is starving, murdering and otherwise ruthlessly oppressing its people. I for one have not watched one minute of the Olympics because of the politicization and bias displayed by MSM and some participants.

  • Kendra Strecker

    02/13/2018 08:12 AM

    I say, Mr. Huckabee let's start a GO FUND me page to send these folk's from the media over to NOKO and let them stay for 6 mnths. or so in one of KIM JUNG'S prison camps and let them endure what the PEOPLE over there are going thru on a daily basis...

  • Joyce Caperilla

    02/13/2018 08:06 AM

    Dear Mike, The press are absolutely horrible. They twist the facts about our President and want to find a way to remove him from the presidency. All I do is pray for the President, Vice President and your daughter as I watch the press reports as much as possible and get so upset for her. I will continue to pray for Our Lord to soften the reporters hearts to find the truth and get it right. Thank you for your emails. They are a great comfort to me.

  • Cheri R Coates

    02/13/2018 08:04 AM

    Good Morning: Your article regarding the media tripping over themselves to praise the horrific regime is spot on!! I, as are many others that I know, are so sick and tired of the media bias, that we have all but turned off all news and from all sources! Can't even enjoy the Olympic!! Not only are the commentators sickening, so are the liberal athletes who can only talk about representing their "community"! Whatever happened to representing the United States of America?! The way some have treated our VP Pence is also reprehensible! Apparently they have been raised to think because they are "different" it makes them entitled in some form or fashion. I have no desire to watch those athletes that can show no respect to our Pres/VP and our Country. You, sir, are a breath of fresh air and I always enjoy reading your articles and listening to you via radio/tv. Oh, and btw, your daughter is doing a jam up great job at the White House! God Bless her for having the strength and courage to enter the lion's den day, after day, after day! :)

  • James T Bryson

    02/13/2018 07:54 AM

    Knowing nothing of NK or history, the VFN MSM are shameless pawns.

    If they were 5% as smart as they think they are, they would see themselves being used like Himmler used relief organizations when he produced a "show concentration camp", where captives were well fed and entertained. That lie was ingested and reported...you know the rest.