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Fox News host’s racial slur sparks online backlash in China

PUBLISHED : Monday, 14 July, 2014, 5:12pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 15 July, 2014, 10:56am

State broadcaster CCTV ran footage of US cable televsion channel Fox News on Monday showing a co-host making a racial slur against Chinese people, sparking an outcry on social media across China.

The footage ran on news channel CCTV-13 showing an excerpt from last Thursday’s episode of the Fox News programme The Five, where co-host Bob Beckel said: “Chinese are the single biggest threat to the national security of the US … we bring them over here and teach a bunch of Chinamen – er, Chinese people – how to do computers and then they go back to China and hack into us.”

Watch: Bob Beckel Drops A Racial Slur On Fox's 'The Five'

Within hours of CCTV reposting its programme on Weibo, it had been shared some 1,000 times and received more than 1,000 comments.

The story was also picked up by many news media outlets in China, including the Global Times, website 163.com and Wen Wei Po.

The news has also prompted some "Big Vs", or prominent microbloggers who have large number of followers on the popular social media platform Weibo, to comment on the report and repost the news.

Lin Zhibo, an editor of the Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily, said Beckel’s comment showed “that racial discrimination still exists among some ‘white men’.”

Deputy editor-in-chief Liang Jiawen of the International Herald Leader urged the public not to take it too seriously.

“The anchor is simply a big mouth,” he commented.

Beckel’s comments also triggered a backlash and calls for his resignation in the US.

“His [Beckel’s] comments have no place in America, and this is at least the second time he has used racial slurs,“ said Senator Ted Lieu of California in a statement over the weekend. “He must resign immediately”.

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dunndavid
Beckel isn't an anchor he is a contributor. Other contributors are people like Charles Krauthammer, Jonah Goldberg, Steven Hayes, Maura Leison, Pat Cadell, Doug Schoen, **** Morris, Karl Rove and Ralph Peters. Are these people in your definition lightweights?
baysidedweller
Your correction (contributor instead of anchor) is noted.
I did not refer to Beckel as "lightweight", instead I labeled him bigoted and ignorant by using the word "Chinaman".
Lightweight or heavyweight is not the topic of discussion here.
George W is certainly not a lightweight, but he started the Iraq war with the false pretense of WMD. We now know the true story and Americans and innocent Iraqis are still paying the price, and Karl Rove was part of that administration. Karl Rove also have controversies surrounding him by the "Plame affair" but that is irrelevant to the discussion here.
The question I have for you is: have any of the people noted by you ever used the word "Chinaman" in private/public?
That, IMO is the focus here.
dunndavid
You're just repeating things you've read on the internet about Fox News without actually watching Fox News. It Fox did what you said they would not be in business. You're repeating slander. Fox is hated by left media because: 1. It is very successful 2. It tilts to the right. The right similarly attacks MSNBC.
aplucky1
without fox all you would have is the left wing PC arm of the usa government
but go ahead keep bashing them as they climb the ratings that have long left cnn and their ilk in the dust
and almost all of the talking heads on fox I would easily wager have infinitely more education then you will ever obtain, and just because they have not bought into your left wing nazi thoughts (think like me, talk like me, do as me) does not make them stupid, in fact quite the contrary
dunndavid
I doubt you watch much Fox News. Fox is a news channel like CNN and MSNBC with a variety of material some better than others. Bob Beckel is a former Democratic strategist and no dummy.
sjfore
Regrettably, Fox News is in fact a very influential opinion leader in the US, in part because of the defunding of public education. Proportionately, it has far more power than Global Times.
baysidedweller
Latest news - Beckel apologizes, that is a good sign.
baysidedweller
FYI, the call for Beckel's resignation came also from overseas Chinese in US and some of them are US citizens and publicly elected officials.
Your stereotyping Chinese is also offensive.
"are they offended because this person called us Chinamen" YES, at least I am offended and I don't think I am the only one.
"his accusations are wrong" - not sure but even if they are correct, what about NSA's spying on everyone, friends and foe? So what does it matter if it is right or wrong when EVERYHONE is doing the same thing?
"I don't see people from China being any better." - that is not the point we are discussing here. The discussion point here is Beckel used the offensive and derogatory word "Chinaman" on Fox TV.
BabyMan
What does the CEO RM have to say about this or is he mad about his ex wife's settlement?
BabyMan
Weed haze? No he drinks Jack no ice for sure.

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