Network and cable news largely ignore wave of anti-Asian violence
MSNBC gave almost 20 minutes to the issue. While ABC, NBC, and Fox aired just a few minutes of coverage, CNN and CBS have not covered the story at all
February 12, 2021
Recent reports have indicated an uptick in a disturbing trend of violence against people of Asian descent in the U.S., which has continued throughout the pandemic amid racist associations between the virus and Asian countries. Cable news outlets and TV channels of corporate broadcast networks have largely ignored the recent reports of increasing violent assaults on elderly Asian Americans in California, as Asian Americans call on the country to pay attention and take action against rising anti-Asian discrimination.
Since the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic last spring, xenophobia and anti-Asian discrimination have been on the rise globally. Hate incidents against Asians skyrocketed in the U.S., while then-President Donald Trump and his media allies stoked the flames by repeatedly linking the coronavirus to China, often referring to it as the “China” virus.
Recent reports detail a string of attacks against Asian American seniors in the Bay Area of California, and the attacks have prompted Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley to recently announce the creation of a special response unit to investigate crimes against Asian Americans.