A Game of Labels: Media Chide Abe While Praising Dictators/Terrorists

Some elements of liberal media reacted to Friday’s assassination by Shinzo Abe, the former conservative Japanese prime minister. These comments are in stark contrast to their warm words and heartfelt goodbyes to communist dictators/murderers and Muslim terrorists.

The anti-Abe pronouncement getting a lot of attention on Friday was NPR’s now-deleted Tweet describing the recently murdered world leader as a “divisive arch-conservative.”The replacement tweet showed that they had still the knives and smeared him with them as an “ultranationalist.”



John Ruwitch, an international correspondent used the phrase in his piece “ultra-nationalist” [sic] label again and left kinder words to people like Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who said Abe was “a towering statesman, an outstanding leader, and a remarkable administrator.”

Even in American politics, NPR couldn’t be bothered to cover the attempted assassination of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh. But in 2016, an NPR reporter described getting a kiss from the murderous communist Castro brothers of Cuba as the “blessing of the Holy Trinity.”

A famous headline about the murder of a lunatic killer was: The Washington Post mourned the death of ISIS founder Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, calling him an “austere religious scholar at helm of Islamic State.” The paper had to be shamed into changing the headline and making an apology.

Abe The Post put out a tweet with a graphic saying he “leaves behind a mixed legacy.” Though in a follow-up tweet, they noted he was in the “Liberal Democratic Party,” possibly because they like those labels when viewed through the prism of American politics rather than the policies they promote in Japan.

CBS Mornings got in the Abe bashing with foreign correspondent Elizabeth Palmer declaring him a “polarizing figure” and “a right-wing nationalist and conservative” because he was a “fierce supporter of Japan’s military.”

NewsBusters has amassed a trove of instances of Palmer showing reverence to the murderous remiges of Iran (such as here, here, here, and here). In one, she touted the “epic salute to Qasem Soleimani,” the Iranian general. “Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khameini wept as he led the prayer service for his friend and ally, the man he had worked with so closely to expand Iran’s influence across the Middle East,” she lamented at the time.

Another example of a network veteran reporter gushing about murderous beasts after the ironic demise of communist butcher Fidel Cruz on Black Friday. NBC chief foreign correspondent Andrea Mitchell also shared fond memories of him.

Our argument was that he had dinners, meetings, interviews or dinners starting at midnight. Then it would go on until 2:00 in the morning. Sometimes, it would be hard to keep up. He was also a keen reader and asked me questions about politics in America. I was also asked questions by him about American politics and economy.

But on Friday, NBC wanted to use Abe’s assassination to score political points here at home by making it about “gun violence.” And yet they would drown out the attempt against Kavanaugh with January 6 coverage.

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