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Chinese Learn Concept of Weekend

CNN isn’t my favorite news station (it’s about up there with FOX News) and hasn’t demonstrated the ability to be fair or skillful at reporting. Wolf Blitzer sucks.

Recently, CNN political pundit Jack Cafferty (The Cafferty File) made some careless comments regarding the Chinese government that are somewhat true but unnecessarily abrasive:

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.

On the other side, I have never known a more self-righteous and proud people than the Chinese. It’s scary how blind some can be when they come to defending their country. The comments by Jack Cafferty were met by outrage and protests in Atlanta, Georgia at the CNN Headquarters with clever signs such as: “CNN – Clearly Not Neutral”. There is even a lawsuit against CNN for $1.3 billion dollars, with $1 for every Chinese person offended by the comments. I can’t help but think that they might be missing a few people there.

I think it’s ironic that Chinese people here are exercising a right to defend China, a country that they might be shot for protesting in, if they were to protest against the wrong organizations. But I am glad to see them embracing American values so quickly.

Unfortunately, the protest happened on a Saturday, and the Chinese protesters were foiled by the fact that we take weekends off, and nobody was in the CNN building to witness their rage, except for a couple janitors.

  1. Timothy says:

    It’s one thing to hate on the Chi-Coms, it’s another to try to force a billion people to remain poor because you lack a basic understanding of international trade economics.

  2. Vincent says:

    I’m pretty tired of lawsuits seeking money for people who were “offended.”

  3. Sean Jin says:

    I wasn’t interested in Cafferty’s comments so much as protesters and their zeal. On a Saturday.
    Sure, we have our share of protesters here, but we take the weekends off, last time I checked.

  4. Niedermeyer says:

    I’m all for criticism of every government, but I’m afraid China-bashing is becoming a national pastime. Not only is it hypocritical (so now we’re the authorities on human rights again?) but it’s also largely ignorant of actual conditions there.

    You run a country of over a billion people in the midst of wrenching social and economic change and then tell me how easy it is to uphold the full portfolio of human rights in all cases. Sounds apologist, I know, but regime change starts at home. Or at Walmart.

    Also, Nik Kristoff is an unbearable bore.

  5. Sean Jin says:

    Disagree. Every “people” is self-righteous and proud in one way or another. Difference is, after some persuasion, we’re willing to admit our mistakes and change.

  6. Ford says:

    “I have never known a more self-righteous and proud people than the Chinese.”

    Nick Kristof, of the NYT, recently suggested that the only other “people” that come close in terms of pride and self-righteousness is… US.

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