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NBC mistakenly shows South Korean flags in report on former Japanese PM Shinzo Abe’s assassination

  • On Friday, NBC’s “Today” show aired a clip of South Korean flags during its report of the former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s assassination.

  • As an anchor reported the breaking news of Abe’s death at 4:03 a.m. EST, the background switched between different images of the former prime minister giving talks at various events.

  • As the reporter transitioned to a conversation about gun laws in Japan, the background changed to a clip of five South Korean flags blowing in the wind.

  • Twitter users were quick to shame NBC for its inaccurate flag choice.

On Friday, NBC’s “Today” show aired a clip of South Korean flags during its report of the former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s assassination.

As an anchor narrated the breaking news of Abe’s death at 4:03 a.m. EST, the background switched between different images of the former prime minister giving talks at various events.

The video then showed Japanese secret service agents tackling the suspected gunman, who has since been identified as 41-year-old Tetsuya Yamagami. 

As the reporter transitioned to a conversation about gun laws in Japan, the background changed to a clip of a series of five South Korean flags blowing in the wind.  

Twitter users were quick to shame NBC for its inaccurate flag choice.

“Ummmm, wrong country,” posted NewsBusters Managing Editor Curtis Houck, along with a screenshot.

“When the ‘elite journalists’ at NBC don’t know the difference between the flag of S. Korea and Japan,” criticized another user.

NBC has yet to issue a response.

 

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