CNN Apologizes to China for 'Goons' Remark

Network sorry Cafferty called Chinese 'thugs' and their products 'junk'
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2008 8:25 AM CDT

(Newser) – CNN has issued an apology to Beijing after one of its anchors called the Chinese "goons" and called Chinese-made products "junk." Jack Cafferty, who appears on The Situation Room, said that the Chinese were "basically the same bunch of goons and thugs they've been for the last 50 years." CNN's contrition came after an angry demand from the Chinese foreign ministry.

A spokeswoman in Beijing lashed out at CNN for its "evil attack" on the Chinese people, saying its "slander" had "seriously violated reporting ethics." While Cafferty made an on-air clarification of his remarks, saying that his comments were targeting the government and not the people of China, CNN went ahead and issued a further sorry statement.