Many people around the world were shocked to hear that Shinzo Abe was being assassinated. The suspect used a homemade gun. Instead of honoring Abe and offering condolences, we will be pleading with the Japanese people. CBS MorningsIt decided to join National Public Radio (NPR), Associated Press, and National Public Radio in shaming Abe. “a polarizing figure,” “right-wing nationalist, and conservative”Whom “political opinions were controversial.”
Foreign correspondent Elizabeth Palmer’s piece began as one would expect, stating from Tokyo that “[i]It would be difficult to describe how shocking this shock was in Japan, which is normally peaceful. People are really feeling traumatized.”
Palmer shared our knowledge so far regarding the assassination. He also commented that “[a]lthough…Abe was giving a stump speech in a wide-open area” A member of the party. “security…wasn’t particularly tight” since “this is a country where yearly gun deaths typically number in the single digits.”
Fan of Iran’s regime (such as Here, Here, HerePlease see the following: Here), Palmer then uncorked her hot takes, trashing the murdered former world leader as “[a] polarizing figure…a right-wing nationalist and conservative and a fierce supporter of Japan’s military.”
Ignoring Abe’s ties to Presidents Biden and Obama, Palmer framed him as a Trumper:
In the face of China’s growing threat, he fought for the amendment to the country’s constitution. To reaffirm Japan’s military and commercial alliances with America, Abe visited former President Donald Trump multiple times while in office.
Palmer wasn’t done taking digs at Abe, insisting “the country is united in shock and sympathy at the news of his death”Even though “[h]is political opinions were controversial.”
Back live, socialist co-host Tony Dokoupil wondered if the shooting has already led to a discussion about further tightening Japan’s near-ironclad gun control laws. Palmer said they are. “so strict”(which she trumpeted last month as something the U.S. should consider emulating) (click “expand”):
DOKOUPIL: Interesting. Let’s talk about why it happened, Liz. It’s quite shocking, you said. This is because there’s very little gun violence in the country. I believe you stated single-digit guns deaths every year. What’s your response to this fact in terms of gun policy?
PALMER : The fact that the gun laws in their country are extremely strict, and they have a very thorough mental health check is a huge plus. Since 1960, there has not been an attack against a national sitting politician. The only time that happened was with a sword. This is a sudden occurrence. The fact that the gunman may have brought the gun to home and made it look like he was armed with it makes people feel vulnerable.
DOKOUPIL: Yeah. It’s a very new dimension to all this.
NPR, however, was first and reminded many why they should not be defunded. This was done in an unpublished tweet
Tweet taken from an Associated Press article about attack Partially:
TOKYO — Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a divisive arch-conservative and one of his nation’s most powerful and influential figures, has died after being shot during a campaign speech Friday in western Japan, hospital officials said.
NPR tried it again statingAnother tweet Article of their own that he was an “ultranationalist” who “angered China” and “failed to achieve his most cherished political goal, and that of his party: to revise Japan’s pacifist, post-World War II constitution.”
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To see the relevant CBS transcript from July 8, click “expand.”
July 8, 2022
Eastern, 7:03 AM
[ON-SCREEN HEADLINE: Breaking News; Former Japan Prime Minister Assassinated; Shinzo Abe Has Died After Being Shot at Campaign Event]
ELIZABETH PALMER – It is hard to describe how shocking this has been in Japan, which normally doesn’t have violent violence. The people feel traumatized.
Eastern at 7:04
PALMER: Japan’s current prime minister, Fumio Kishida, visibly shaken told the nation, “we cannot accept that this violent act took place during an election, the foundation of democracy. In the strongest terms, I condemn it.” Although former Prime Minister Abe was giving a stump speech in a wide-open area, security around him wasn’t particularly tight. In Japan, gun deaths are in the single digits each year. Abe was Japan’s longest-serving prime Minister when he resigned from office in 2020. He was an polarizing figure. A right-wing conservative, nationalist, and fierce supporter for Japan’s military. Faced with China’s increasing threat, Abe fought to change Japan’s constitution. Abe also met with former President Donald Trump during his time in office to renew Japan’s trade and military alliances with America. While his views on politics were not popular, Japan is in shock and outrage at his passing. Police say that they are still trying to understand why he was killed, but the gunman said that he held a grudge towards Abe. But, it seems, this wasn’t political.
TONY DOKOUPIL : Very interesting. Liz, let us go back to the beginning. It’s quite shocking, you said. This is because there’s very little gun violence in the country. I believe you stated single-digit guns deaths every year. What’s your response to this fact in terms of gun policy?
PALMER : The fact that the gun laws in their country are extremely strict, and they have a very thorough mental health check is a huge plus. Since 1960, there has not been an attack against a national sitting politician. The only time that happened was with a sword. This is a sudden occurrence. People are feeling really vulnerable because the gunman seems to have taken the gun, and possibly guns at home.
DOKOUPIL: Yeah. It’s a very new dimension to all this.