Rep. Meuser Criticizes Media for Spreading Propaganda

Rep. Dan Meuser (R-PA) called out mainstream media outlets for referring to Japan’s assassinated former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as a “divisive extremist,” accusing them of spreading propaganda rather than reporting the truth.

During an appearance on Newsmax’s “American Agenda” on Friday, Meuser criticized the mainstream media, citing the political actions taken by Abe, which likely caused the media to have so much disdain for him, even to the point of smearing him just hours after his assassination.

“[Abe] had a three-pronged plan to make Japan’s economy as strong as it could be, and for that reason, and he put country first, and for that reason, the media finds it necessary to call him divisive, and refer to him as an extremist,” the Pennsylvania Republican said. “It’s just it’s a false narrative that they’re desperately trying to deliver.”

During a speech in Nara, Japan, on Friday, 67-year-old Abe was shot in the back by a former member of the Japanese Navy who used a homemade gun.

The former Japanese prime minister was hit in the chest and the neck by one of the two shots and suffered massive damage to his heart and another artery. The injury led to a massive loss of blood and caused his heart to stop. Abe was later pronounced dead at Nara Medical University.

Abe was the longest-serving prime minister of Japan since World War II, having served in the position from 2006-2007, and again from 2012-2020 until he stepped down for health reasons.

Former President Donald Trump, who was known to be a friend of Abe, responded to the news almost immediately after it was reported, first sending out a message of prayer and concern following the news of the shooting, then sending out a second statement after it was revealed that the prime minister had died.

“Really bad news for the world. Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is dead,” Trump said in a statement posted on Truth Social Friday. “He was assassinated. His killer was captured and will hopefully be dealt with swiftly and harshly. Few people know what a great man and leader Shinzo Abe was, but history will teach them and be kind. He was a unifier like no other, but above all, he was a man who loved and cherished his magnificent country, Japan. Shinzo Abe will be greatly missed. There will never be another like him.”

Meuser noted that the media, including NPR, had called Abe “divisive” and an “extremist,” saying that their words may have had more to do with his similarity to Trump in regards to his nationalism for Japan.

In a since-removed tweet announcing the prime minister’s death, NPR referred to him as “a divisive arch-conservative.”

“What a terrible example 24 hours after, who was a great man [and] prime minister, derogating him in this manner,” Meuser said. “The prime minister was a great friend to the U.S., respected the U.S., wanted to work with the U.S., and for some reason, we’ve got a mainstream media that wants to try to convince people that he was something other than a strong leader who loved his country.”