February 21, 2018

"North Korea dangled a meeting in hopes of the vice president softening his message, which would have ceded the world stage for their propaganda during the Olympics."

"North ­Korea would have strongly ­preferred the vice president not use the world stage to call attention to those absolute facts or to display our strong alliance with those committed to the ­maximum-pressure campaign. But as we’ve said from Day One about the trip: This administration will stand in the way of Kim’s desire to whitewash their murderous regime with nice photo ops at the Olympics."

Said Nick Ayers, chief of staff to Mike Pence, quoted in WaPo in "Pence was set to meet with North Korean officials during the Olympics before last-minute cancellation."

Speaking of nice photo ops at the Olympics, how about those cheerleaders? "EXCLUSIVE: Exposed – the sinister masked minders watching every step of the North Korean cheerleaders as they try to turn Winter Olympics into propaganda victory for Kim Jong-Un" (Daily Mail):
CNN called them 'weirdly mesmerizing' and Vox described them as 'social media stars.' The Wall Street Journal called them 'weapons of mass distraction.' In reality, however, their every move is guarded carefully by a group of guards who wear masks in an apparent attempt to keep their identities shielded....

[I]n 2006, 21 members of North Korean cheering squads who traveled to South Korea for sports events were sent to a prison camp for talking about what they saw in the South....

21 comments:

Ray - SoCal said...

Potemkin cheerleaders

Can Of Cheese for Hunter said...

Luci quick hack-D Joy Behar MSM jerk-offs. Glossy on Kim's bloody Ministry of Truth.

Ralph L said...

The Daily Mail reports important facts the American press won't, like your last paragraph. There have been other recent examples, but I can't think of them.

Jason said...



North Korea should not be allowed to compete. When the Olymics Committee even allows the DPRK to send a team, they are complicit in the athletes’ enslavement and torture, and that of their families.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.thesun.co.uk/news/5609218/winter-olympics-athletes-north-korea-gulag-world-cup-1966/amp/

Can Of Cheese for Hunter said...

Joy Leftwing Theocracy Bitch Behar(D) has no problem with the glorious Potemkin Village that is the Starving Children Kapital behind black masks for the glory of the god-head, Kim. Supreme Dictator who is much better than Nazi Trump.

Leland said...

First!

Here meaning the first commenter got it right from the start. They look like a military drill team complete with drill sergeants surrounding them as they march in formation from drill to drill.

Kate said...

Those poor girls. For their sake, I hope the ridiculous fawning of the US press made their lives easier.

As for our lives, the press is a suppurating wound.

Wince said...

Not only was I surprised to see a selection of black surgical style masks for sale on Amazon, but all the models in the pictures seem to be of asians.

https://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=black+surgical+mask&tag=googhydr-20&index=aps&hvadid=174232123323&hvpos=1t1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=5247402761242677326&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=e&hvdev=t&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9001875&hvtargid=kwd-4301458900&ref=pd_sl_5i9k5dnps8_e

mockturtle said...

Did anyone else see the short-track event last night where the North Korean skater fell and reached out to grab a Japanese skater's foot? Kim's notion of Olympics as propaganda medium is not working as he'd hoped.

john mosby said...

And you know these girls made the team by giving up the booty, and stay on the team by remaining available to any high-ranking official who takes a shine. Standard procedure in totalitarian regimes. Where’s #metoo?

JSM

the 4chan Guy who reads Althouse said...

Kim Jong-Un 1, North Korean cheerleaders 0.

The Germans have a word for this.

Bob Boyd said...

When a building inspector comes to your project he always dings you for something just to show he's doing his job. I bet it's the same thing with these masked guys.
A number of these poor girls and their families will be going to prison or worse no matter what. Probably one or two of the masked guys will go down as well. There will be masked guys to watch the masked guys and they have to show their dedication to duty as well.

LYNNDH said...

Kerry, Clinton, Obama, Biden would have all been up there standing next to The Sister.

Can Of Cheese for Hunter said...

I feel sorry for all the NoKo contestants. Once back in North Korea, I place a high bet on their being placed in front of a firing squad. or worse. + the entire family.

Bob Boyd said...

LYNNDH said...
"Kerry, Clinton, Obama, Biden would have all been up there standing next to The Sister."

There was a time when Clinton might even have gotten some.

Bill, Republic of Texas said...

remaining available to any high-ranking official who takes a shine. Standard procedure in totalitarian regimes.

And leftist Hollywood.

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BarrySanders20 said...

Mockturtle, I saw that too. And then he crashed out again when they restarted when he should have been out the first time. My immediate reaction was that he'll never eat again after he gets home. The look on his face was one of despair.

Maybe "never" is too harsh -- they'll put some food in the cell in two years or so and he can eat if he wants to.

TestTube said...

Like I said last night, these cheerleaders are viewed as sub-human. Even by the free press, which claims to adore them, but treats them like a group of things. How do we know? No one asks their names.

Without a name, Who are they? How can we even care about them? "Third cheerleader from the left, second row" -- if she disappears, or is replaced, or hurt, who would notice? We don't have anything to attach to them, to relate to them.

We know Grumpy Cat's name, and the dog on Frasier, but we don't know ANY of these women's name. Heck, I know machine parts that are regarded more like a human than any of these women.

Bob Boyd said...

@TestTube

That's a good point. I expect the girls have been told in no uncertain terms not to talk to the media and a responsible reporter, if such a thing exists anymore, would have to worry what the consequences might be for a girl if he singled one out and spoke to her, coaxed a response of any kind from her.

mockturtle said...

My earnest hope is that the people of North Korea will overthrow their evil leaders. Would China dare to endanger its trade advantages by defending the current regime? I think not.