Before some people protest a TV curmudgeon's comments they should make sure they're not standing on quicksand to make their displeasure known.
AP reported that yesterday [April 19] 'throngs' -- estimated at between two and five thousand people -- [does that vast differentiation constitute a 'throng' or just a lot of people?] gathered in Hollywood to protest comments made by Jack Cafferty on CNN Sit Room on April 9, about the Chinese government and our relationship with it.
What took them so long? Ten days to organize, or was it to find and pay secret agents to pretend they were outraged?
Cafferty, who describes himself as a curmudgeon, has long been know for not pulling punches and telling it the way he sees it said: "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."
Although it's implicit the "goons" and "thugs" Cafferty referred to are Chinese officials, not the Chinese people, perhaps Cafferty could have made it a little more clear, but the protesters also should have figured that out. I knew what he meant; they should have, too.
Calling Cafferty a 'liar", protesters want Cafferty's head stuffed into the mouth of a Chinese New Year's dragon or served up on a platter out of a Chinese restaurant to-go box and CNN to fire their fire-breathing dragon.
What did Cafferty say that wasn't true?
We have a repulsive relationship with the Chinese government. They own us lock, stock and chop sticks and our government allows them to sell us lead-tainted toys, dog food and medicines concocted in grungy rooms that are so filthy we wouldn't let our pets wander through them, but our government allows us to be injected with them.
We send our manufacturing over there and we have zero oversight on what kind of crap is in the crap they send back to us.
So, where's the lie? Where's the slander? All Cafferty did was to repeat what has been said a hundred thousand times in all the media.
If these proud Chinese-Americans want respect as they claim the do, then they, too, should be shouting down the Chinese officials who are sending us poisoned products that they and their children use along with us, and not demanding Cafferty's head be thrown into a pit of quicksand of their own making.