Congresswoman Martha McSally

Representing the 2nd District of Arizona

U.S. Rep. McSally Blasts Media for Fawning over Kim Jong Un’s Sister at Olympics

February 14, 2018
Press Release
During Hearing, Congresswoman Highlights US Media’s Naiveté in Covering North Korea’s Information Warfare & Propaganda Campaign

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Martha McSally today blasted the media for playing into North Korea’s propaganda campaign while covering Kim Jong Un’s sister at the Olympics.

“Having been in the military myself, we spend a lot of time focusing also on information warfare and how our enemies use that against us as a domain. I was cringing with Kim Jong Un’s sister at the Olympics at not only how she was received, but also how she was treated by the—at best—naïve media and their coverage of her. She is the head of the Department of Propaganda and Agitation and responsible, as part of this brutal regime for the lack of human rights, the death, and the torture of many citizens. You know what this regime is like. And the fact that our media would play into this is just embarrassing and disgusting to me,” Rep. McSally said while questioning Admiral Harry Harris, Commander of United States Pacific Command (PACOM).

Admiral Harris agreed that it was “clearly a charm offensive” and that it “behooves us not to be charmed.” He agreed with the Congresswoman that the media was being a tool of North Korea’s information warfare.  

McSally also asked him how last week’s budget agreement, including $700b for FY18 and $716b for FY19 would impact the military’s fight against North Korea.

Admiral Harris expressed his gratitude for what he dubbed an “outstanding” bill, and he expounded on what the funding specifically translates into on the Korean peninsula.

“MK (“Mark”) 48 torpedoes; long-range anti-surface missiles; training for our Air Force and Navy fighter pilots; significant things like that that we’ve lost the opportunity to do over the last several years, and we’ll be able to recapture that,” he testified.