Thousands Chant 'Fire Cafferty' Outside CNN

Chinese Americans upset over pundit's remarks
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser User
Posted Apr 19, 2008 8:48 PM CDT
Jack Cafferty prepares for an appearance on CNN's "The Situation Room," in this file photo.   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Thousands of protesters demonstrated in Hollywood today over recent anti-China remarks by CNN commentator Jack Cafferty, the Los Angeles Times reports. The crowd chanted "Fire Cafferty" and sang Chinese songs outside the CNN building in Hollywood. "We understand free speech," one protester said. "But what if Cafferty said this about other racial groups? I think he would be fired."

Last month on The Situation Room, Cafferty called Chinese goods "junk" and labeled the Chinese "a bunch of goons and thugs." CNN later said his remarks were aimed at Beijing, not the Chinese people. The protest comes at a time when many Chinese are inflamed over growing criticism of China before the Beijing Olympics this summer.