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NPR Blasted for the Way It Described Abe After His Assassination

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Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's assassination has sent shockwaves throughout the world. Tributes immediately poured in from around the world for the leader, with many who knew him personally attesting to his character. From former Vice President Mike Pence to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and many more, all said Abe was a “remarkable leader,” “truly good man,” “generous,” and “kind.”

Not only was he a good man, he was a true patriot and a great friend to America.

The tributes from the U.S., India and Australia were noteworthy because it was under Mr. Abe’s leadership that those three countries joined Japan in what is known as the Quad group, which seeks to contain China’s rise in the region. It was Mr. Abe who originated the phrase now widely used to describe the Quad’s goal: a “free and open Indo-Pacific.” […]

This year, he urged the U.S. to make clear that it would militarily support Taiwan, a democratically self-ruled island, if China carried through on threats to invade. Soon after, Mr. Biden did precisely that on a trip to Tokyo.

Mr. Abe also sought, with mixed success, to revive Japan’s long-struggling economy with his “Abenomics” policies including radical monetary easing and changes to encourage companies to listen more to their shareholders.

“Mr. Abe made significant achievements in getting Japan out of longstanding deflation and realizing sustainable economic growth,” said the Bank of Japan’s governor, Haruhiko Kuroda, who was picked by Mr. Abe in 2013. (WSJ)

But liberal media outlets in the U.S., especially NPR, had no interest in celebrating the conservative leader’s achievements. Instead, the outlet labeled him a “divisive arch-conservative" in a now-deleted tweet. 

NPR wasn't alone.

As some pointed out, NPR had a much more glowing report after Fidel Castro's death, which was reminiscent of the way The Washington Post remembered ISIS leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. 

The description led many to call for NPR to be defunded.

While NPR did delete their initial tweet, the follow-up wasn't any better.

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