Asian-American Group Demands Current TV Host Apologize for 'Rice Ball' Slur

Asian-American Group Demands Current TV Host Apologize for 'Rice Ball' Slur

The Asian American Journalists Association is asking Current TV to apologize for airing a racially charged comment against conservative pundit Michelle Malkin.

The incident occurred last week on Talking Liberally with Stephanie Miller, the channel’s 9 a.m. EST weekday program. Miller was attempting to debunk comments from Malkin, creator of and a popular presence in conservative media. That’s when Miller crossed the line as far as AAJA President Paul Cheung is concerned.

In trying to counter an argument by Michele Malkin on the health care debate on the show “Talking Liberally with Stephanie Miller,” your host Jacki Schechner played a comment from Ms. Malkin. Ms. Miller followed up with a dismissive quip, saying “we tried to unpack that little rice ball of nonsense…”

It’s hard to believe that “rice ball” would have worked its way into the conversation if Ms. Malkin hadn’t been of Asian descent. And whether the comment was meant to describe Ms. Malkin or her comment, it still isn’t worthy of Ms. Schechner or of Current TV.

We’d like to see Ms. Schechner apologize, and we’d like to see Current TV take steps to make sure the discourse on your network remains free of similar comments in the future.

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