Perhaps not interested in being a pinata for Bill O’Reilly’s follies, the Asian American Journalists Association has rejected an invitation from the O’Reilly Factor to appear on the program.
Instead the trade organization of Asian American journalists countered with an invitation of its own. They’ve invited Bill O’Reilly to participate in a town hall in New York Chinatown to get to know its people and the community.
The outreach follows a segment on O’Reilly’s program during which reporter Jesse Watters, under the guise of sampling political opinion, went to New York Chinatown. So what did he do? He stuck a mic in people’s faces who didn’t speak English and feigned shock when they didn’t respond. He went around bowing to pretty woman on the street, engaging in martial arts with random strangers and attempted to make a fool of pretty much everyone he stopped.
“The bottom line, if you’re sorry, you come to us,” AAJA said in a statement. “Meet us in Chinatown.
“We appreciate the invitation to educate Bill O’Reilly and his audience on the offensive nature of the Watters’ World segment. However, we believe meaningful engagement can occur only if there is significant dialogue not just with us, but with the broader community.”
AAJA is in the process of organizing a town hall which is tentatively set for Sunday. Jesse Watters, his producers and other Fox News staff have been encouraged by AAJA to attend.
While you’re waiting for a response from O’Reilly’s people, check out this response from Daily Show Correspondent Ronny Chieng.