OANN correspondent Chanel Rion asked President Donald Trump on Thursday if the term "Chinese food" is racist.
The question came up at a White House press briefing, where Rion seemed to be equating the "Chinese food" to "Chinese virus," which has been criticized as a racist term to refer to COVID-19.
Earlier in the week, Rion had tweeted that she was not offended by White House officials who call the virus "Chinese."
"I'm Asian. Facts don't offend," she wrote.
Unbelievable SPIN. Media attacking @KellyannePolls on Pres. Trump's use of "ChinaVirus" - insisting offense; omitt… https://t.co/efRnMlRQaC— Chanel Rion OAN (@Chanel Rion OAN)1584544390.0
But viewers were shocked by the question.
Watch the video and some of the responses from Twitter below.
Odd reality from today’s WH presser: propagandist working for media that supports a racist because they were afraid… https://t.co/VSqtthnUHl— Mike Prater (@Mike Prater)1584637155.0
No longer PC to say Chinese food, please say Corona food instead.— Rogin Kim (@Rogin Kim)1584637111.0
Hey @OANN - FUCK YOUR DANGEROUS PROPAGANDA. WE SEE YOU. #COVID19 #25thAmendment #coronavirus #TrumpPandemic #TrumpVirus— Modern Xicano (@Modern Xicano)1584637097.0
Just watched trump press conference. A young woman asked if he thought the term Chinese food was racist. He said no… https://t.co/uOki2JlVqv— Think Twyce (@Think Twyce)1584637086.0
Thank you OANN. Next question is from Baba Booey from The Howard Stern show. Baba?— EBP (@EBP)1584637078.0
Go fuck yourself @OANN - no seriously, in the middle of a #pandemic you send some idiot reporter to ask a conspirac… https://t.co/czLUZEmFa4— Dr. Lexus 🤦♂️ (@Dr. Lexus 🤦♂️)1584637075.0
To the people comparing Chinese Food and Chinese Virus... Let's do this. I'm going to guess most of you believe i… https://t.co/Gf4s2pmqLH— chris mandra (@chris mandra)1584637060.0
I’ve never self-isolated in fear of consuming Chinese food. Make your jokes, but that OAN reporter is just dangerous.— John Bordeaux (@John Bordeaux)1584637022.0
According to the press in this conference right now, the term "chinese food" is racist. My god— Andrew Contrucci (@Andrew Contrucci)1584637017.0
OMG who let this @OANN lady in with her "left wing media" rant and her "State propaganda" Alex Jones Deep State lun… https://t.co/Vsi3pbxWKT— Victoria Brownworth🎄🕎☮ (@Victoria Brownworth🎄🕎☮)1584637013.0
Re: POTUS press conference Comparing phrases “Chinese food” to “Chinese virus” is the definition of false equivalency.— Jordan Pollard (@Jordan Pollard)1584637010.0
Unlike coronavirus, Chinese food (from your local restaurant) typicaly aren’t recipes or items started in China.— Scientist Marcus (@Scientist Marcus)1584636995.0
Fox News: We’re gonna be the most propaganda-y for the President. OANN: Hold my hood.— Michael Kent (@Michael Kent)1584636969.0