The Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA), the National LGBT Bar Association (National LGBT Bar), the National Native American Bar Association (NNABA), the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) and the National Bar Association (NBA) issued a joint statement late last week expressing support for efforts by the AAPI community to hold Fox News accountable for a segment of Watters’ World that aired in early October and which has been widely decried as racist against the Asian American community.
Combined, the five Affinity Bar Associations represent nearly two hundred thousand Black, Hispanic, AAPI, Native and LGBT lawyers and hundreds of local chapters across the country.
In the statement released publicly on Friday and sent to Fox News headquarters, the coalition of Affinity Bar Associations expressed “deep dissatisfaction” with Fox News’ failure to adequately address charges of racism. The coalition added their voices to the growing chorus insisting that Fox News meet the demands outlined in a recent joint letter signed by 120+ AAPI organizations. That letter was delivered, along with a petition signed by over 20,000 community members, to Fox News representatives earlier this month.
Yesterday, I reported that Trump supporter Carl Higbie had appeared on Fox News’ The Kelly File to offer Japanese American incarceration (a note on language by the JACL) as a legal precedent for a national Muslim registry.
Last night, Higbie was invited back onto The Kelly File to clarify his statements (video after the jump).
We all knew it would come to this, didn’t we?
Last night, Trump supporter Carl Higbie, a former spokesperson for the Great America PAC, appeared on Fox News’ The Kelly File to defend the Trump administration’s plans to create a national registry of Muslims. When challenged about the unconstitutionality of such a plan, Higbie declared that the proposed registry had legal precedent, highlighting Japanese American incarceration as an example (video after the jump).
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.
The Asian American Journalists’ Association just broke the news that The O’Reilly Factor‘s Executive Producer David Tabacoff has agreed to a sit-down meeting with AAJA and other representatives of the Asian American community at the NYC Chinatown’s Museum of Chinese in America.
After the jump is AAJA’s full statement.