“Frivolous Lawsuit” Defined

This one is strange and a little on the humorous side.  A couple of Chinese citizens have decided to file suit against CNN for comments that they and their government deemed offensive.

A Chinese primary school teacher and a beautician have filed a suit against CNN in New York over remarks they say insulted the Chinese people and are seeking $1.3 billion in compensation — $1 per person in China, a Hong Kong newspaper reported.

The case against the Atlanta-based cable channel, its parent company Turner Broadcasting and Jack Cafferty, the offending commentator, comes after 14 lawyers launched a similar suit in Beijing alleging that Cafferty’s remarks earlier this month violated the dignity and reputation of the Chinese people.

Wow –  pretty hefty and, I think, unprecedented.  So what, pray tell, was the offense that was uttered and caused such a backlash?

Cafferty said the United States imported Chinese-made “junk with the lead paint on them and the poisoned pet food” and added: “They’re basically the same bunch of goons and thugs they’ve been for the last 50 years”.

This baffles and befuddles me for two reasons.  #1:  I can’t believe that a CNN commentator would actually make such an un-PC claim that would speak to the absolute truth of a matter.  #2:  I can’t believe that anyone, even in China, would be offended by the obvious truth. 

Of course, on #2, I guess I can sort of understand.  PC types in this nation are offended by the truth quite frequently.  I guess that I am more amazed that a CNN commentator would actually get one right for once.

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6 thoughts on ““Frivolous Lawsuit” Defined

  1. Are they selling “Chinese Goons and Thugs” t-shirts on cafe press yet?

    You may have a potential gold mine there, phillip!

  2. Ha! CNN might then sue me for rights to the phrase…..if for no other reason than to pay for their own legal defense against the Chinese whiners.

  3. This is the stupidist thing I’ve heard of yet. Sticks and stones may break my bones… Seriously. What judge is going to let this go to court really?

  4. Cafferty said the United States imported Chinese-made “junk with the lead paint on them and the poisoned pet food” and added: “They’re basically the same bunch of goons and thugs they’ve been for the last 50 years”.

    Someone from CNN said this? When did I move to Fantasy Island? Funny how Fantasy Island resembles my current digs 100 percent.

    Anyway…good for Mr. Cafferty. The Nazi’s mudered 6 million Jews and they are history.

    The Red Chinese starved 70 million of their own people during the Great Leap Forward and they are still in power.

    I guess it’s o.k. to eat your own? But wait, don’t ask the Khmer Rouge if that’s true. They are out of business.

    So why do Red Chinese goons and thugs get a free pass?

  5. I’m going to have to agree with John on that last line there.

    I’m utterly disgusted by it all.

    And I’m disgusted by the seeming pandering of the Dalai Lama, too. He apparently couldn’t bestir himself to denounce an Olympics in China even though they are murdering the people he is supposed to represent.

    Denounce, man! No one expects you to singlehandedly assault and repel the Chinese invaders! Just DENOUNCE!

    If I get past this summer and the fall election without my head exploding, it will be a miracle of science, I tell you.

  6. “Denounce, man! No one expects you to singlehandedly assault and repel the Chinese invaders! Just DENOUNCE!”

    Maybe the Dali Lama fears even more brutality if he denounces? Just wondering.

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