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'Pathetic reporting': 'Defund NPR' trends after conservatives blast National Public Radio for 'shameful smear' of assassinated Shinzo Abe

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There was a flood of calls to "defund NPR" in Twitter reactions to a now-deleted tweet from National Public Radio that demeaned former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the day that he was assassinated.

In the wake of the assassination of Abe, NPR smeared the close ally of the United States as a "divisive arch-conservative."

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