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Asian American groups slam Fox News ‘Watters World’ segment

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Jesse Watters is under siege for a recent segment he filmed in Manhattan's Chinatown.

Jesse Watters is under siege for a recent segment he filmed in Manhattan’s Chinatown.

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Asian American groups and reporters alike are up in arms after Fox News correspondent Jesse Watters filmed segment in which he visited Manhattan’s Chinatown.

In the segment, which aired Monday during “The O’Reilly Factor,” Watters took a trip to Chinatown and asked people on the street questions about everything from who they are voting for, to whether they knew Karate and whether the watches one man was selling were “hot.”

Criticism of the segment increased tenfold, and by Tuesday night the piece was picked up and slammed in outlets like Vox, Esquire and GQ. Many Asian-American journalists reacted with disgust on Twitter, and the Asian American Legal Defense Fund tweeted, “Seriously, can this @FoxNews @oreillyfactor piece with interviews in NY #Chinatown be any more racist?”

The Asian American Journalists Association issued statement calling the segment “rude, offensive, mocking, derogatory and damaging.” Bill O’Reilly called the segment “gentle fun,” but even he seemed to predict trouble, noting on air after the segment that he expected a lot of letters.

“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,” Paul Cheung, AAJA President said in a statement demanding an apology from Fox News. “Fox missed a real opportunity to investigate the Asian American vote, a topic not often covered in mainstream news.”

Pablo S. Torre, a journalist for ESPN and graduate of Harvard University, reacted to the segment via his Twitter account:

In response to the criticism, Watters wrote on Twitter: “As a political humorist, the Chinatown segment was intended to be a light piece, as all Watters World segments are. My man-on-the-street interviews are meant to be taken as tongue-in-cheek and I regret if anyone found offense.”

 

**Editor’s Note: The founder & CEO of Diya TV serves of the San Francisco board of the Asian American Journalists Association and was involved in AAJA’s response to Watters and Fox News. AAJA has been offered an opportunity to go on the O’Reilly Factor, but declined. AAJA would rather engage with Fox News, particularly Mr. Watters, in a town hall forum in New York’s Chinatown to discuss why this story was so offensive. At publishing time, there’s no word if Fox News will take up AAJA on their offer.

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Biden, Harris take stage together, announce platform

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WILMINGTON, Delaware (Diya TV) — Former Vice President Joe Biden and California Senator Kamala Harris delivered remarks in their first joint press conference in Biden’s home state of Delaware. They will be formally nominated next week as the Democratic ticket challenging President Trump in November. Biden lauded Harris as the child of “America’s story” who fought for the working class and was ready to take on their opponents in this “life-changing election.” 

And Harris presented Biden as a selfless leader ready to take on President Trump in November.

A key demographic both the Trump and Biden campaigns will make an effort to appeal to in the coming weeks are Indian American voters in Pennsylvania and Michigan. The number of voters of Indian descent in those states are greater in 2020 than Trump’s margin of victory four years ago. And with Harris now in the race, political analysts say Indian Americans will be a determining factor in the outcome.

Biden & Harris annouce platform for their Presidential run.

After a month of verification and certifications, Rik Mehta is officially the winner of the Republican primary for the U.S. Senate seat in New Jersey, topping Hirsh Singh. The former U.S. Food and Drug Administration official Mehta defeated Singh by just over 8,000 votes.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Harris named as Biden’s VP pick, first Indian American

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WILMINGTON, Delaware (Diya TV) — It’s not a complete surprise, but it’s historic nonetheless – former Vice President Joe Biden named California Senator Kamala Harris to his Presidential ticket. Next week, they will take the virtual stage at the Democratic National Convention as the challengers to President Trump and Vice President Pence in November. Harris, who is Black and Indian American, will be the first Asian American to be on a presidential ticket. We will have a full rundown of her career and why she overcame challengers like Senator Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Val Demings for the post. And we’ll go in depth on the effect her candidacy will have on the Indian American voter, a group that has long voted Democratic, but is actively being courted by Republicans, led by President Trump.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues globally, the numerical milestones continue to stun. There are now 20 million cases reported around the world. The total afflicted in the United States is now over 5 million, with more than 164,000 deaths.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Joe Biden picks Indian American Senator Kamala Harris for VP

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Sen. Harris at the 2016 Democratic Convention
WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden announced today his running make will be Indian American Senator from California, Sen. Kamala Harris. This etches a moment within the halls of the United States’ history, as Harris now becomes the first Indian American & first woman of color to be a Vice Presidential candidate for a major party. 
Sen. Harris talks to Diya TV’s Ravi Kapur about AAPI engagement in the upcoming elections

A daughter of Jamaican & Indian immigrants, Sen. Harris has been a stalwart within the democratic party. It wasn’t too long ago she annouced her very own presidential bid in her hometown of Oakland, California. However she dropped out of the race early on, and many speculated then she would be the VP candidate for a Biden Harris ticket. 

With major news organizations identifying her as ‘Black’, ‘African American’, many wonder if Sen. Harris identifies as Indian American. Each time she spoke with Diya TV she referred to her Indian roots proudly and fondly reminisced her childhoold growing up with a Jamaican father & a South Indian mother. 

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