Chinese singer Mu Rongxuan has released a song and video titled “Zuoren Bie Tai CNN (Don’t Be Too CNN)” in response to the American network’s allegedly biased reporting on the recent protests in Tibet.
In the song, Mu — an unsigned, non-professional vocalist — describes her emotions regarding the controversy over a photo of recent protests in Tibet released by CNN from which some Chinese claim the network has removed images of Tibetans throwing rocks.
The song’s title comes from the third line of the chorus, which admonishes the news network for “trying to turn something fake into the truth.”
The video — which went online April 11 — shows a series of still photos, including the controversial CNN photo, as well as stock images of Tibet and photos from Chinese news agencies, including Xinhua and the China News Service (cnsphoto).
Comments on the Web site of China Central Television (CCTV), China’s official television network, where the video is posted, echo the sentiments expressed by Mu in her song. She has previously posted videos on other current events in China.
Meanwhile, a foreign ministry official has demanded an apology for remarks made on CNN April 9 by “Situation Room” commentator Jack Cafferty. Cafferty reportedly called Chinese products “junk” and said, “I think they’re basically the same bunch of goons and thugs they’ve been for the last 50 years.”
“We are shocked at and strongly condemn the evil attack by the CNN anchor Jack Cafferty on the Chinese people,” said a foreign ministry spokeswoman in a press conference today. “We solemnly request CNN and Cafferty himself to take back his malicious remarks and apologize to all Chinese people.”
CNN issued a statement Tuesday saying, “CNN would like to clarify that it was not Mr. Cafferty’s, nor CNN’s, intent to cause offense to the Chinese people, and [CNN] would apologize to anyone who has interpreted the comments in this way.”