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.