NBC's Meet The Press held a panel on anti-Asian violence, moderated by host Chuck Todd, that had one glaring error in its membership. People quickly noticed the issue, but it apparently escaped the notice of the people at Meet The Press.
Take a look below:
Behold. Meet The Press panel to discuss anti-Asian violence. https://t.co/9aMGemgk5F— Angelo Carusone (@Angelo Carusone)1616341491.0
That's right—not one single member of the panel on anti-Asian violence was an Asian person.
The majority of the panel was white, with the exception of Eddie Glaude, Jr., the Chair of the Center for African American Studies and the Chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University.
There are thousands of journalists and subject matter experts who are ready and willing to talk about anti-Asian vi… https://t.co/36cIOpl3Ca— Tiffany C. Li (@Tiffany C. Li)1616367420.0
I get it; it’s hard to find people on a short timeline! A few tips: 1. Ask your colleagues and friends for recomme… https://t.co/nt8So9e3Gu— Tiffany C. Li (@Tiffany C. Li)1616368298.0
I get that it’s hard to find sources on deadline, and often you end up with multiple outlets scrambling to book the… https://t.co/wjCLq1yoEv— Tiffany C. Li (@Tiffany C. Li)1616368721.0
On the flip side, I know many scholars and activists who have no idea how to connect to media or pitch themselves a… https://t.co/hq7DuSgTl3— Tiffany C. Li (@Tiffany C. Li)1616368865.0
This puts NBC and Meet The Press on the same tier as Fox News, who also did not include any Asian people on their panel on anti-Asian violence.
@GoAngelo @mmfa The majority of MSNBC and NBC hosts have managed to find Asian people to speak credibly about attac… https://t.co/jRSxR8qk7P— Lynda Pope (@Lynda Pope)1616344754.0
@GoAngelo The only part worth watching. https://t.co/ykcJjWOSDf— 🌺Hawaii TeamPete (@🌺Hawaii TeamPete)1616359881.0
@GoAngelo @mmfa Chuck Todd needs to go.— Crikey. (@Crikey.)1616342325.0
@GoAngelo @dfsparks 😱🤯🤬 How is it possible that they would not find ONE Asian person for this discussion??!!— Lisa Brackmann 🌊 ⚾️💙🗽⚖️🤎🐱🎸✍️ (@Lisa Brackmann 🌊 ⚾️💙🗽⚖️🤎🐱🎸✍️)1616384346.0
Meanwhile, ABC, CNN and CBS all featured high-profile Asian-American lawmakers, including Democratic Representative Judy Chu of California and Democratic Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois.
@GoAngelo @BuryTheGOP There seems to be something missing. I can’t quite figure out what it is... 😉— George Casales 🇺🇸🇨🇺🏳️🌈 (@George Casales 🇺🇸🇨🇺🏳️🌈)1616344319.0
@GoAngelo They honestly couldn’t find a single Asian American panelist? Please feel free to message me - I’ll share… https://t.co/aaqp12LqXO— Harini Joyful Warrior Krishnan 💛 (@Harini Joyful Warrior Krishnan 💛)1616400662.0
@GoAngelo @cmclymer *over it sigh* By contrast this is the panel @TiffanyDCross had on her Saturday morning MSNBC… https://t.co/GNeNLwPAYv— SAmusicgurl (@SAmusicgurl)1616468011.0
@GoAngelo Got fed up with Chuck Todd, no longer watch Meet The Press. This is just another reason not to watch. Clueless.— Reyhombre 74 (@Reyhombre 74)1616354315.0
Why independent bookstores are better than corporate media. On the top, @bookpassage “Race in America” panel discus… https://t.co/ZXQoPh55p5— May-lee Chai 翟梅莉 (@May-lee Chai 翟梅莉)1616381478.0
The uptick in violence against the Asian-American/Pacific Islander community has resulted in deaths and unprovoked assaults on Asian people.
The absence of Asian voices in a space where violence is being perpetrated against them likely will not deter further violence from occurring.