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Trump Emboldened Fox News to Air ‘Racist’ Chinatown Segment, Pols Say

(DNAINFO)  Maya Rajamani | October 6, 2016 — Trump’s campaign has given the media license to broadcast racist content, the politicians maintained.

A group of elected officials have called on Fox News to retract and issue a public apology for a “racist, offensive” “O’Reilly Factor” segment that has garnered criticism since it aired.

At a press conference outside the network’s Midtown headquarters Thursday afternoon, politicians including Assemblyman Ron Kim, Comptroller Scott Stringer and Public Advocate Letitia James claimed that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign has given the media license to broadcast content that perpetuates racism and stereotypes.

The segment in question — which features “O’Reilly Factor” correspondent Jesse Watters interviewing people on the streets of Chinatown — mocked its subjects and portrayed them as “uneducated foreigners,” Kim said.

“What happened over the last few years that empowered people like Watters and O’Reilly to produce these type of racist segments?” Kim asked. “Trump happened.”

“Trump and people like Trump see people like us as never American enough, never real Americans,” he added.

Source: Trump Emboldened Fox News to Air ‘Racist’ Chinatown Segment, Pols Say – Midtown – DNAinfo New York