CNN quickly responded by issuing a statement, "It was not Mr. Cafferty's nor CNN's intent to cause offense to the Chinese people, and CNN would apologize to anyone who has interpreted the comments in this way."
So what is its intent to smear China over and over again? CNN still seems not realize its credibility is bankrupt concerning the Chinese. The annual most popular phrase among Chinese citizens has already been set: "Don't be too CNN", which means don't be such a hypocritical liar when you deal with others. A song, bearing the same catchy phrase, was composed and sung by an amateur singer on the Internet and has since gained popularity. Anti-cnn.com, a grass-roots website, was set up to provide abundant evidence to prove that CNN and some other Western media lie when reporting China's affairs.
Watch the music video of the song: Don't be too CNN
Although CNN holds strong to its self-claimed "objective and balanced news", which seems like a joke now, surely they must understand it is not only about how many facts they reported, but also about how many facts they ignored, as well as what words and phrases they deliberately and carefully select, all of which can be used to manipulate public opinions and mock China.
Jack Cafferty clarified his words on Monday that his phrase: "bunch of goons and thugs" referred to the Chinese government. This was a childish and unprofessional move that attempted to alienate the Chinese government from the people.
But let's look back at his comment, as it reads in the CNN transcript, "We're in hock to the Chinese up to our eyeballs because of the war in Iraq, for one thing. They're holding hundreds of billions of dollars worth of our paper. We are also running hundreds of billions of dollars' worth of trade deficits with them, as we continue to import their junk with the lead paint and the poisoned pet food and exports, you know, jobs to places where you can pay workers a dollar a month to turn out the stuff that we're buying from Wal-Mart. So I think our relationship with China has certainly changed, I think they're basically the same bunch of goons and thugs they've been for the last 50 years."
People might wonder how the Chinese government could produce the "junk" and "poisoned pet food", referring to several individual cases that happened last year? Ask any Chinese whether the Chinese government represents Chinese people, especially in the current episode of history when patriotic Chinese rally closer around the government? If Chinese and its government are "goons and thugs", as he said, then what about the government who invades nations from Iraq to Afghanistan and has killed hundreds of thousands of local civilians for decades?