Forget the Jamaican bobsledders and the oiled-up Tongan flag bearer, Kim Yo Jong is the clear media darling at the Olympics this year.
“The ‘Ivanka Trump of North Korea’ captivates” — The Washington Post.
She’s “stealing the show!” — CNN.
She “turns on the charm!” — The New York Times.
Thanks to her, “North Korea has emerged as the early favorite to grab one of the Winter Olympics’ most important medals: the diplomatic gold” — Reuters.
“She’s what you wish your kids turned out to be. She embodies everything pure, righteous and wonderful in this world, could easily beat up Chuck Norris and invented bitcoin!” — OK, nobody really said that, but give them time.
The problem with this media lovefest is that Kim Yo Jong is the sister of Kim Jong Un. Perhaps you’ve heard of him. BuzzFeed has, and the website was quick to point out the problem with feting a member of North Korea’s ruling party, as you can see by this viral tweet from Rory Cooper, a Republican strategist for Purple Strategies: "Guys, be more like BuzzFeed here."