Media Smears Japan’s Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ‘Divisive,’ ‘Controversial’ After Assassination
Japan’s former prime minister Shinzo Abe was just shot during a speech at a campaign event for the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. He later died from his injuries at only 67 years old.
According to local media, a 41-year-old suspect has been arrested following the incident and remains in custody.
The White House has said it was “shocked and saddened” to hear about the shooting, while the Biden administration said “said its “thoughts are with his family and the people of Japan.”
Former President Donald Trump also reacted to the news, calling Abe a “great man and leader” and a “true friend.”
“Absolutely devastating news that former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, a truly great man and leader, has been shot, and is in very serious condition. He was a true friend of mine and, much more importantly, America,” Trump said in a statement posted to Truth Social.
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Tsai Ing-wen, President of Taiwan, said that the nation had lost a “close friend.”
“Not only has the international community lost an important leader, but Taiwan has also lost an important and close friend. Taiwan and Japan are both democratic countries with the rule of law, and our government severely condemns violent and illegal acts,” Tsai stated.
Japan notably has some of the strictest gun laws in the world. President Biden distastefully referred to that fact during a press conference, where he used the murder of Shinzo Abe to yet again blast America for its gun rights – WATCH:
Biden on the murder of Shinzo Abe:
"One thing did strike my attention that this is the first use of a weapon to murder someone in Japan and I think we have thus far have 3,000, 688, or between 3 to 4 thousand cases. They have one." pic.twitter.com/ckgvaqr9LW
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) July 8, 2022
Though this story is still developing, some corporate press outlets have already begun smearing Shinzo Abe as “a divisive arch-conservative” and “fascist.”
For example, NPR ran with this headline:
We taxpayers fund this propaganda.
Time to defund NPR & PBS pic.twitter.com/GPsqbdaIsv
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In the meantime, China’s state-affiliated media is taking the opportunity to cast the former prime minister as a “controversial Japanese figure.”
#ShinzoAbe is remembered in China as a controversial Japanese figure who once contributed to China-Japan relations but later tore those achievements apart. https://t.co/n5lOhjrtcK
— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) July 8, 2022
As Jesse Kelly brilliantly put it on Twitter: “all [mainstream media outlets] say the same thing and it’s always a lie, so just assume the opposite and you’re generally right on the money.”
“I don’t know Japanese politics. But I see they hate Abe. So I assume he was a good guy,” Kelly added, calling out the blatant attempts from various outlets like NPR to paint Shinzo Abe as a controversial figure who perhaps deserved his death.
The media more accurately brings you the news today than ever.
They all say the same thing and it’s always a lie, so just assume the opposite and you’re generally right on the money.
I don’t know Japanese politics. But I see they hate Abe. So I assume he was a good guy.
— Jesse Kelly (@JesseKellyDC) July 8, 2022
As the Washington Examiner shared:
Abe sought to strengthen ties with the United States as prime minister from 2012 to 2020, being regarded as a pioneer of the “free and open Indo-Pacific” concept that has since been integrated into the framework for the U.S. strategy for the region. He was also a close ally of former Presidents Barack Obama and Trump.