Bale, China, Controversy, “Shame on CNN”


Here’s one opinion aside from ours about Christian Bale and his visit to the activist Chen Guangcheng. Shaun Rein in his column claims publicity stunt by CNN. Perhaps it wasn’t for the film’s benefit, but it was to get ratings for the news organization. Big film name, controversy in China = great ratings. CNN set it up the confrontation and Rein calls them out in their journalistic integrity. However, the confrontation did get on the news everywhere, and the film’s title is now much more known than before. Was Bale trying to do something good? Surely, but the flip side has to be looked at as well. (Forbes – Rein)


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