Chinese Media Go After Fox Host’s Racial Slur

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from Bloomberg Businessweek,

Bob Beckel, the Chinese are on to you. Beckel, campaign manager for Walter Mondale’s Democratic presidential run in 1984 and now a token liberal at Fox News (FOXA), used a slur last Thursday when speaking of China’s threat to American security. “As usual, we bring them over here and we teach a bunch of Chinamen—er, Chinese people—how to do computers, and then they go back to China and hack into us,” Beckel said.

That has prompted an outcry from Chinese Americans and calls for Beckel to resign. The clamor may get louder now that media in China have picked up on the story. On Monday, CCTV, the state-owned television broadcaster, aired a segment from the Fox show; Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post reported that after CCTV reposted its report on Weibo (SINA), China’s answer to (banned-by-Chinese-censors) Twitter (TWTR), the viewing quickly drew more than 1,000 comments.

The official English-language newspaper, the China Daily, interviewed Shi Yinghong, a professor of international relations at Renmin University of China. According to the newspaper, “Shi said Beckel’s speech was unacceptable to all Chinese [and] expressed his support for the Chinese communities’ call for Beckel’s resignation and apology, saying Fox News has the responsibility to urge Beckel to apologize and handle the aftermath.”

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