When Jack Cafferty delivered his commentary on the April 9, 2008 broadcast, his statements reflected the sentiments of some Americans, but not all. Cafferty’s commentary on China, according to reports, stated
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.
Cafferty’s characterization of the people running China was inflammatory. CNN and Cafferty have the right in this country to say whatever they wish to say. The United State of America, ladies and gentlemen, is a free country.
Chinese protestors convened outside the Hollywood office of CNN to express their outrage. These offended people of Chinese descent have the right to protest. These protestors convened, spoke to media (the LA Times), carried signs, and generally conducted themselves without incident or government involvement. The United States of America, ladies and gentlemen, is a free country.
In China, however, the government controls the media. The government forbids protests. The government eschews dissent.
I am thankful to have been born in this country. While many of the freedoms we enjoy and have been born with are eroding, protests remain sacrosanct.