By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN, Associated Press Writer
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu rejected CNN’s explanation that commentator Jack Cafferty was referring to China’s leaders — not the Chinese people — when he described them as “goons and thugs.” CNN said it apologized to anyone who thought otherwise.
But Jiang said at a regularly scheduled news conference that the CNN statement lacked sincerity and instead “turned its attack on the Chinese government to try to sow division between the Chinese government and the people.”
The head of the ministry’s information department summoned CNN’s bureau chief inon Wednesday night to deliver a near identical protest.
CNN has been singled out by the Chinese government and unknown activists who have phoned and e-mailed death threats to Western reporters. Most of the criticism of the-based network concerns a photograph posted on its Web site weeks ago which cropped out Tibetans throwing stones at .