October 5, 2016 (updated October 9, 11, 12)
The Asian American Journalists Association's MediaWatch Committee, and AAJA's president Paul Cheung issued a statement (Oct. 5th 2:30 pm ET reprint below) condemning the October 3rd segment by Jesse Watters of "Watters' World' on Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor.'
Fox News host Bill O'Reilly, "O'Reilly Factor" goes on the air on a Fox News segment to discuss the piece by Jesse Watters. View his entire video interview below.
O'Reilly said, "No, it wasn't over the line...we ran that piece on Monday of last week, okay, 5 million people plus saw it live time."
"Do you know how many negative letters we got? Less than ten. How many phone calls came into Fox News? Zero - as far as I know, and we checked. Okay?"
"It was 36 hours later that this outrage appeared. And where did it appear? Far left websites, far left precincts...I read every single one - they were all the same. So, this is uh, an attack on Fox News - that's what it is. It's happened before."
O'Reilly said "I thought it was a gentle piece. There were a few things that were over the line, the old lady I would have taken that out I should have seen it before but I'm so busy with the election that I didn't. But Watters is a gentle satirist. He's worked very well for us. We're proud of him. And uh, this is an organized campaign this is what they do, they've done it before."
UPDATE: FOX NEWS SEGMENT PARTICIPANTS RECOUNT ENCOUNTERS WITH CORRESPONDENT (Oct. 12)
AAJA.org's 2016 VOICES staff member Vivian Wang, a former editor at the Yale Daily News talks with people interviewed by Jesse Watters. For her full story go to AAJA.org.
Excerpt of Wang's article: Before last week, Qanta Shimizu didn’t know who Jesse Watters was – even after the FOX correspondent...