China/CNN Battle Heats Up - The News Junkie
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Friday, April 18, 2008

China/CNN Battle Heats Up

China Demands CNN Offer Sincere Apology After These Comments:

BEIJING (Reuters) - China lodged a formal complaint against U.S. television network CNN and said it should make a sincere apology for what it called a vicious attack by one of its commentators who labeled Chinese as "goons" and its products "junk".

CNN responded to China's initial criticism by saying there had been no intent to cause offence and that it "would apologize to anyone who has interpreted the comments in this way". It said commentator Jack Cafferty was offering a "strongly held" opinion of the Chinese government, not the people.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said on Thursday that was not enough.

"Their statement not only did not make a sincere apology, but also took aim at the Chinese government, attempting to sow discord in the relationship between the Chinese people and the Chinese government," Jiang said.

I'm no fan of Jack Cafferty but I have to stand with him here. The man has the right to say whatever he wants about China and the fact that they are bullying CNN into yet another apology is out of line. This all started with a photo posted on that showed Chinese police beating Tibetans. The photo didn't show the pro-Tibet protesters throwing stones in the distance because CNN cropped them out. But does China have editorial control over CNN or their website? No. Apparently, they would like to as they have summoned CNN's Beijing Chief to talk about the matter.

In the wake of all this nonsense, Cafferty is receiving death threats on a daily basis. I'm hearing reports of being unaccessible in several cities in China. There is even some talk that the satellite feed for the network is now being blocked. The question is, will CNN bow down to the mighty red China or will they stand by free speech and risk being blocked, both on the web and the air, in the country?


PeevedGuy said...

They're offended by him calling them "goons", but no mention of him calling them "thugs"? I guess they're willing to own up to that particular moniker.

And why are they getting all pissy about calling their imports junk? Because everyone knows that is exactly what it is. Too bad he can't call it what it really is, shit.

And you know, we have a huge trade deficit with China, but it seems that our chief export is the ability to manufacture outage at stupid crap.

Editor: Shawn Wasson said...

Agreed. It's not like Cafferty was making this stuff up.