CAAR Calls Meeting Nov. 19 to Discuss WCCO Story
CAAR is calling an urgent meeting of APIA and allied communities:
Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011
CHAT (Center for Hmong Arts and Talent)*
995 University Avenue W., second floor, St. Paul
The meeting is regarding what the local APIA and allied communities want to do to address the WCCO story that recently aired.
If you aren’t aware, on Oct. 31, WCCO ran a story during its 10 p.m. newscast alleging a New York City Chinese meat market was selling dog meat. In fact, the market was selling duck meat and the miscommunication resulted in the market being raided by New York Health Department officials (turns out the meat market was not selling dog meat). The story appears to perpetuate negative stereotypes of Asians but represents the kind of irresponsible journalism that hurts communities of color – the kind of journalism that we have seen all too often.
WCCO has since pulled the story but has failed to respond to letters from the local Asian American Journalists Association Minnesota chapter and the Society of Professional Journalists. Both associations inquired about the story and requested assurances the station would address concerns about its journalistic and community responsibilities. The local AAJA chapter sent a letter to the television station Nov. 8. No response. AAJA National followed with a letter Nov. 15.
Here is the link to the story: http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:R1LPC3KKHoEJ:minnesota.cbslocal.com/2011/10/31/i-team-investigates-minnesota-dog-breeder/+&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=firefox-a
Here is the Nov. 15 letter to the TV station from AAJA National: http://www.aaja.org/news/Headliners/2011_11_15_01/
*DISCLAIMER: The use of meeting space at the CHAT offices does not mean that CHAT specifically endorses the message and work of CAAR. They are simply providing community meeting space for us. Thank you.