ABC, NBC Chalk Up Abe Assassination to ‘Gun Violence’ in Country With ‘Stringent’ Gun Laws

Curtis Houck | July 8, 2022
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With CBS Mornings trashing former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as “a polarizing figure” and “nationalist” with “controversial” views just hours after being assassinated, ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today were more conciliatory on Friday, remembering him as a “giant” and “popular leader.” However, they sought to tie his killing to mass shootings in the U.S. and argue Abe was the victim of “gun violence.”

And in the case of Today, they also suffered an embarrassing error as NBC showed they can’t tell their Asian countries apart by running b-roll of five South Korean flags flapping in the wind when talking about its neighbor. Given the fraught history between the countries, it’s all the more embarrassing.