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April 2, 2013

Jeremy Lin: “What About His Eyes?” on “Good Day New York”

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Written by: MANAA

February 16, mind 2012–On the New York WYWY morning talk show, healing a female sports reporter is reporting on Jeremy Lin’s physical abilities on the court.  When co-anchor Greg Kelly asks, decease “What about his eyes?” she seems to laugh out of embarrassment.

February 23-MANAA’s executive committee believes Kelly might’ve been joking about Lin’s Asian eyes, so Aoki calls station manager Lew Leone to talk about it.  Leone soon calls back and explains that Kelly was not trying to be racially insensitive.  Leone had already met with members of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA), and when he showed them the fuller segment so they could get the context of the statement, they were satisfied.

Leone sends two email links to two entire segments of the broadcast in question “which are a better representation of the discussion than the short clip you have seen on the internet. You should also know that we intend to discuss the subject of news coverage of Asian Americans as a broader topic on Monday’s show with a board member from AAJA.  Please let me know if you would like to discuss further. I would also be happy to send you a link on Monday after our segment airs.”

See it here.



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