‘Ambush Journalist’ Jesse Watters is Ambushed by Guerilla Comedians, and it is Amazing

The exact moment when Jesse Watters realized what it feels like to be duped into looking like a jackass by an ambush prankster with a video camera. (Photo credit: Selvig / Stiefler / YouTube)
This is the exact moment when Jesse Watters realized how awful it is to be duped into looking like a jackass by a puerile prankster with a video camera. (Photo credit: Selvig / Stiefler / YouTube)

Karma is amazing.

So-called “guerilla comedians” Justin Selvig and Davram Stiefler posted a video this morning documenting an exchange between Selvig and Fox News correspondent Jesse Watters in Times Square. Watters has been the focus of widespread outrage for a racist anti-Asian segment of his regular feature Watters’ World, which airs weekly on The O’Reilly Factor. The episode — Watters’ World: Chinatown Edition — featured Watters’ using his characteristic “ambush journalism” style against residents of Manhattan’s Chinatown interspersed with references to a range of appallingly anti-Chinese and anti-Asian stereotypes. Since the episode’s airing on October 3, 2016, Watters and Fox News has faced profound backlash, and recently a petition containing 24,000 signatures and an open letter signed by 134 AAPI organizations (both co-organized by this site) were delivered to representatives of Fox News demanding accountability.

Folks have been having a lot of fun at Watters’ expense, too.

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How both Bill O’Reilly and Jon Stewart got it really wrong on Asian Americans

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Why? Why did this happen?

So this happened.

I guess because Bill Maher’s battle of wits (in absentia) with Ben Affleck over Maher’s latent Islamophobia went viral last week and Jon Stewart could be having none of that, Stewart invited on Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly last night ostensibly to promote O’Reilly’s newest book — something-something-General-Patton-no-one-cares — but really with the singular goal of getting Papa Bear to admit the existence of White privilege (video after the jump).

And, if that was Stewart’s goal, he failed utterly at it. Instead, what we were left with was an incoherent 12-minute sputtering contest between an avowed liberal so flabbergasted by conservative obstinance that he was rendered largely speechless, and a Fox News anchor who looked for all the world like he was being held hostage on set.

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