'He looks better than our president': Fox News guest compliments dictator Kim Jong Un
It seems like tabloids and magazines aren't the only ones concerned with just appearances. North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has become the talk of the town after making an appearance at a military parade this week, looking a lot slimmer.
Of course, one of the first outlets to report on his new look and focus solely on that rather than his numerous human rights violations is Fox News. "He's fit, he's fun, and he's fascist!" Rachel Campos-Duffy said on "Primetime." She continued in what sounded like the commentary for a fashion show. "Take a look at Kim Jong Un flaunting his new tan and slim physique at the North Korean military parade." She even showed images of the dictator, noting that "after this photo op, many might start calling him Slim Jong Un."
The show's guest Jimmy Failla, a comedian, said he didn't buy it, to which Campos-Duffy argued he not only looked good but said: "I'm sorry, he looks better than our president!"
\u201cHe does look good. I\u2019m sorry, he looks better than our president\u201d \u2014 Fox News\u2019 Rachel Campos Duffy on Kim Jong Unpic.twitter.com/KhemkqPk5d— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1631232240
According to Human Rights Watch, North Korea is "among the world's most repressive countries."
A 2014 UN Commission of Inquiry found that the government committed violations amounting to crimes against humanity, including extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, rape, and forced abortions. North Korea operates secret prison camps where presumed government opponents face torture, forced labor, and starvation.
That Fox focused on his appearance instead of his list of violence was outrageous, but it didn't come as a surprise given their reporting history and lack of focusing on the facts. What came as a bigger surprise is they were not the only ones.
I don't even know where to start with thispic.twitter.com/JhCVGvgBME— Parker Molloy (@Parker Molloy) 1631292407
And the biggest of all surprises— to me at least— CNN! "Shows off dramatic new weight loss" sounds like the headline of a magazine you'd find at the side of a grocery store cash register if you ask me.
From that CNN report: "Other footage shows the supreme leader and top aides at an outdoor table appearing to enjoy some kind of bright green drinks with a twirly straw." https://www.cnn.com/videos/tv/2021/09/10/exp-tsr-todd-slim-new-kim-jong-un-throws-a-parade.cnn\u00a0\u2026\n\nI feel like I'm losing my mind here.pic.twitter.com/nGvnbo0gBU— Parker Molloy (@Parker Molloy) 1631293172
Of course, the praise didn't go unnoticed. Many chimed in on the comments, especially those by Campos-Duffy— focusing on his weight loss is one thing but comparing him to Joe Biden another.
Fox News is not only a propaganda network, but also UnAmerican.https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1436118222068142084\u00a0\u2026— Jon Ramos (@Jon Ramos) 1631248098
Imagine if a progressive or a Democrat, imagine if Ilhan Omar!, went on TV to praise a murderous foreign dictator's "look" over the American president's. Just imagine.https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1436118222068142084\u00a0\u2026— Mehdi Hasan (@Mehdi Hasan) 1631236452
\u201cForget about the gulags, the threats to incinerate American cities with nuclear weapons, the starving masses, the whole using anti-aircraft guns to mutilate anyone who opposes him\u2026forget all that, he\u2019s got a great look to him\u201dhttps://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1436118222068142084\u00a0\u2026— Brian Klaas (@Brian Klaas) 1631252334
LMAO. \nMe, to a dictator: Girl you look good.https://twitter.com/oliverdarcy/status/1436116740400943107\u00a0\u2026— m. woodley (@m. woodley) 1631231957
The reactions on Twitter are endless, but while most are focusing on Fox News, some are questioning what the other outlets were thinking.
The question most Twitter users are asking is, how much are outlets getting paid or threatened for this coverage?
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