NBC’s Today Show took viewers inside North Korea on Friday morning for a segment with reporter Keir Simmons. Anyone watching the program was treated less to an objective “insider’s view” of the rogue regime than a strangely traitorous piece of propaganda that was dripping with sympathy for Kim Jong Un’s dictatorship.
“Good morning from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, known to you and me as North Korea,” said Simmons. “We are right on the border with the south, and even here we are learning that President Trump’s rhetoric is having a profound effect. North Korea’s vice foreign minister tells NBC News, quote, ‘President Trump’s rhetoric is taking them to the brink of war.’”
Simmons then asked a North Korean soldier what he thought of President Trump.
“Trump is mentally ill,” said the officer. “If there is a war with America, we will win.”
“I asked one government official, a father with a young son, whether he is scared by what is happening,” Simmons continued. “And you know what he told me? He said that all his life, he has felt as if his existence is threatened by America. And he said, he believes that North Korea and the North Koreans could survive a nuclear war.”
Giving American viewers a look at what life is like behind the Communist curtain is one thing, but NBC should be more responsible when presenting outright North Korean propaganda on their airwaves. There is no moral equivalency between the U.S. and North Korea, Trump and Kim Jong Un. This is an evil dictator belonging to a family that has virtually enslaved his people for decades. In the meantime, the regime has turned into a worldwide menace, developing weapons of mass destruction and threatening to use them against every one of its enemies.
And NBC thinks it’s important to let us know that their military officers think Trump is “mentally ill?”
This would be one thing if it were Obama or Bush or Clinton or Reagan. But it takes on a whole different tone with Trump, because this is exactly what the media in this country has been saying about our president. By putting a quote like this on the air, NBC isn’t saying, “Whoa, look how different the rhetoric is over in this repressed, bizarre country.” They’re saying, “Look, they ALSO see that we have an idiot in the White House – how about that!”
No American news network needs to be all, “Rah-rah, let’s go get ‘em,” but if the flipside is to promote NORTH KOREA’S side over ours, then we’d prefer some straight-out, old fashioned American cheerleading. But to NBC and the rest of the liberal media, as long as Trump is in the White House, the U.S. are the bad guys.