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4.21.2008

protesters target cnn in hollywood

Over the weekend, more than a thousand Chinese American protesters gathered outside CNN's offices in Hollywood, calling for the dismissal of commentator Jack Cafferty, who recently made remarks during a broadcast of The Situation Room referring to the Chinese "goons and thugs": Protestors target CNN after Jack Cafferty's remarks on China.

The protesters lined Sunset Boulevard, chanting "Fire Cafferty" and "CNN Liar," singing the Chinese national anthem and other patriotic songs, and waving Chinese, American and Taiwanese flags. What exactly did Cafferty say to get these folks up on a Saturday morning, yelling at the top of their lungs at a glass tower? Here's the quote:
On the April 9 airing of "The Situation Room," Cafferty said of America's relationship with China: "We continue to import their junk with the lead paint on them and the poisoned pet food and export . . . 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."
Yeah, that made a lot of people angry. CNN later said Cafferty's comments were directed at the Beijing government, not the Chinese people. But the protesters aren't having it. A similar protest took place at CNN headquarters in Atlanta. People are mad, Jack. Mad!