Jesse Watters is apologizing tonight on Twitter for a report he thought was clever and funny on Fox News. But it was actually insulting, sick humor, and stereotyped people in the Chinese community.
Jesse Watters claims he is a “political humorist” but his report in Chinatown in New York City on Monday night had little to do with politics. At one point he asked a merchant selling watches “I like these watches. Are they hot?” What does that have to do with politics?
As a journalist, I support the stand taken by the Asian-American Journalist Association (AAJA). The organization wants an apology from Fox News. Paul Cheung, the president of the organization wrote the following on the organization’s website:
It’s 2016. We should be far beyond tired, racist stereotypes and targeting an ethnic group for humiliation and objectification on the basis of their race. Sadly, Fox News proves it has a long way to go in reporting on communities of color in a respectful and fair manner.
Host Bill O’Reilly called the segment “gentle fun.” There was nothing gentle or fun about it. It was rude, offensive, mocking, derogatory and damaging.
WATTERS SENDS THE WRONG MESSAGE TO YOUNG JOURNALISTS
I mentor many young journalists, and speak to dozens of journalism college classes every year. Watters is sending the wrong message to those who want to do TV news. His offensive reports and he has done many, send the message that it is OK to use the airwaves to humiliate and stereotype people of color and hide it all behind the excuse of “humor.”
Watters needs to apologize on the O’Reilly Factor, the same show seen by millions of viewers when he offended the good people of Chinatown. And shame on the Fox News producers and Bill O’Reilly for allowing this racist report to air on Monday night.
No one is laughing!
Once again, you know there was probably not one Asian-American or Asian in the producer’s circle at Fox News to put up a challenge.
“Fair and balanced?” You decide.