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Did CNN Apologize To China?

During the turmoil in Tibet, CNN showed videos which the Chinese government insist were incorrect such as claiming people were being loaded on police trucks when the video on closer examination revealed they were being placed in an ambulance. Yesterday, People’s Daily proudly announced, “CNN has finally apologized.” However, the Shanghai Daily believes no such apology was ever given by CNN. The actual statement from Jack Cafferty reads: “And the one thing I regret is that some Chinese citizens in China and Chinese Americans in this country felt like maybe I was insulting them. And that was never my intention. And, I am sorry for that…” He described the Chinese as “goons and thugs” in the broadcast.

The Code of ethics of the AmericanSociety of Professional Journalists says:

1. Show good taste.

2. Avoid stereotyping by race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, georgraphy, sxual orientation, disability, physical apearance or social status.

3. Admit mistakes quickly.

Did CNN apologize?

CNN-We Don’t Like You Says China

The Chinese government has embarked on a vigorous campaign against CNN for its alleged biased reporting of events in Tibet. It is puting out videos such as “Don’t Be Too CNN”which lampoon the TV network for showing footage during the Tibet crackdown by the Chinese government that, most probably, presented incorrect information along with accurate coverage. There is even a song which has lines such as: “Don’t think that repeating something over and over again means lies become truth.” Many people were infuriated by comments that used expressions in describing behavior of Chinese armed forces as being carried out by “goons and thugs.”

The Chinese people are in the midst of a huge outpouring of nationalism and patriotism, most probably sparked by the upcoming Olympic Games. In a sense, the Olympics are the last event that will finally put to rest resentment felt by being oppressed for decades by European imperialists. All nations that were colonized need some such therapeutic event to cleanse their soul of a past that was humiliating. It is unfortunate that CNN presented some incorrect media material.

CNN- Why Are You Anti-China Asks China?

The Chinese government continued its relentless media campaign to defend actions in Tibet by blaming CNN reporting as biased and unfair. The China Daily insisted there were “distorted reports” and false captions under pictures which attempted to distort the reality of what was occurring. For example, they cite a CNN picture which allegedly claims people are running in front of trucks when the actual footage shows them throwing stones at the trucks. “Just the same day, a picture on the BBC website showing Chinese riot police officers helping medical staff move a wounded person into an ambulance was captioned, ‘there is a heavy military presence in Lhasa.’ The Chinese characters ‘Jijiu’(First Aid) on the ambulance are so conspicuous and even for those who don’t know Chinese characrters well, the Red Cross signs on the ambulance were also obvious to see.”

There is no question China used brutal force to impose its will on the people of Tibet, but, most probably reporting on the Tibet situation contained numerous mistakes on the part of western media. Western media mistakes only strengthen the feelings of Chinese people they are being subjected to historic prejudice and it most probably helped create the desire of thousands of Chinese bloggers to post images and comments defending their nation’s actions in Tibet.

The western world has to be cognizant of a growing sense of Chinese nationalism on the part of thousands of Chinese bloggers who are using access to the Internet as a means of championing their nation.