Bill O'Reilly Stands By Jesse Watters After Racist Chinatown Report

O'Reilly: "I Would Have Edited It A Little Bit Differently" But "We're Proud" Of Watters

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From the October 9 edition of Fox Broadcasting Co.'s Fox News Sunday:

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CHRIS WALLACE (HOST): Now, you know this piece is being widely criticized as, quote, racist. 

BILL O’REILLY: Do you want me to give you the accurate report on it? 

WALLACE: Well, do you think it was over the line? Do you regret it? 

O’REILLY: I would have edited it a little bit differently than it was edited. But, no, it wasn't over the line. We ran that piece on Monday of last week. 5 million people, plus, saw it live-time. You know how many negative letters we got? Less than ten. You know how many phone calls came in to Fox News? Zero, as far as I know. We checked. 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're all the same.

So this is an attack on Fox News. That's what it is. It's happened before. I thought it was a gentle piece. There were a few things in there I felt 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, [Jesse] Waters is a gentle satirist. He's worked very well for us. We're proud of him. This is an organized campaign. This is what they do. They've done it before.

Previously:

Fox News Correspondent Goes To Chinatown, Produces Incredibly Racist Segment

Lawmakers Condemn “Vile” And “Xenophobic” O’Reilly Factor Chinatown Segment

Asian American Journalists Association President Criticizes Fox News For Segment “Rife With Racist Stereotypes”

VIDEO: Jesse Watters: The Worst Of The Worst

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Bill O'Reilly, Chris Wallace
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