The U.S. mainstream media’s response to former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s shocking assassination Friday spoke volumes about the fourth estate’s appalling lack of objectivity.
Normal imagery of the horrific crime, information revealed about the assailant, and biographical summaries accompanied most accounts. But the devil is in the details, and in these details the media could not resist framing Abe in their own leftist terms.
NPR, though famously monotone is hardly the voice of calm and reason, led the liberal pack. Abe, the longest-serving and possibly most influential Japanese leader in recent times, was merely a “divisive arch-conservative.”
When that tweet brought swift condemnation, it was deleted and replaced with one labeling Abe an “ultra-nationalist.”
For perspective, note that Fidel Castro was remembered as a “prominent international figure” and Yasser Arafat a “freedom fighter.”
The once-vaunted Associated Press, now with only a thin veneer of its former integrity, jumped into the fray. Noting that Abe was still “highly influential,” the AP added the tag of “ultra-nationalist” and eulogized him as a “divisive” leader for many.
“CBS Mornings” did their part to trounce on the legacy of the widely respected statesman. Shortly after his death Friday morning, the outlet smeared Abe as a “polarizing right-wing nationalist.”
What exactly were Shinzo Abe’s sins? He recognized Communist China’s might and designs on the Pacific region as a threat and sought to counteract them. He reacted harshly to provocative actions from his unstable North Korean neighbor.
And he cut corporate taxes to spur growth.
Abe realized that the guilt-ridden post-WWII constitution’s limitations on the military did not stand up to the threats his nation faced in the 21st century. Which in left speak made him an ultra-nationalist.
He even championed what some dubbed as “womenomics,” a program to open up Japan’s traditionally male labor force to women. This, of course, was not enough to free him from the derision of mainstream U.S. media outlets.
As anyone still plugged into the mainstream media knows, “divisive” is left speak for conservative. A “divided” court means the conservative position prevailed, and “controversial” needs only a handful of radical progressives to disagree.