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CNN tells China it didn't mean to cause offence

April 17, 2008

Wed Apr 16, 2008

BEIJING (Reuters) - U.S. television news network CNN said it did not
mean to cause offence when one of its commentators said the Chinese were
"goons" and that their products were "junk".

Jack Cafferty made the comments earlier this month on CNN's political
program, The Situation Room, prompting an angry demand from China for an

"It was not Mr. Cafferty's nor CNN's intent to cause offence to the
Chinese people, and (CNN) would apologize to anyone who has interpreted
the comments in this way," CNN said in a statement.

CNN said Cafferty was offering his "strongly held" opinion of the
Chinese government, not China's people, adding that he clarified the
point on Monday.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu condemned the "evil
attack" by CNN on the Chinese people.

"Cafferty used the microphone in his hand to slander China and the
Chinese people, and seriously violated reporting ethics," she said.

Cafferty had said the United States imported Chinese-made "junk with the
lead paint on them and the poisoned pet food", adding: "They're
basically the same bunch of goons and thugs they've been for the last 50

China came under international scrutiny following a series of food and
product health scares last year. It says the vast majority of its
products are safe and has accused Western media of over-hyping the problem.

China has lashed out at Western media organizations, including CNN in
recent weeks following unrest in Tibet, accusing them of running
distorted reports, siding with pro-Tibet independence groups and of
demonizing China.

(Reporting by Nick Macfie; Editing by Valerie Lee)
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