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Forbes Writer Calls CNN, Christian Bale China Confrontation ‘Publicity Stunt’

Writing in Forbes, author and marketing professional Shaun Rein tears into CNN for what he calls a “publicity stunt” involving actor Christian Bale last week, saying CNN “became complicit in Bale’s activism” by planning a trip and driving him to the remote city of Linyi where Bale confronted Chinese authorities as he tried to visit human-rights activist Chen Guangcheng.

My issue here is not with Bale. In general, I believe one should follow the laws of nations that one visits, and that Bale should do so, but I also generally believe in free speech, no matter how misguided. The real problem lies with CNN’s behavior, because it plays into the widely held belief among many Chinese that Western media are intertwined with security organizations like the CIA to keep China down and intentionally portray the nation inaccurately.

For its part, last week CNN said, “Chen Guangcheng is a newsworthy figure, particularly so within the last week, and as such it is in the interest of CNN’s global viewers to hear from him. Mr. Bale reached out to CNN and invited us to join him on his journey to visit Chen. This was our second effort to speak to Chen this year and we hope we will be able to do so in the future.”

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NFL Offering Two Ways To Catch Giants-Vikings

In case you don’t have the NFL Sunday Ticket or live in New York and Minneapolis, the NFL is offering two ways to watch the Giants-Vikings game later this evening.

Starting at midnight Eastern, the entire game will be posted online commercial-free at NFL.com for 24 hours. And if you aren’t in front of your computer, you can catch the game at the same time on The NFL Network.

Good luck avoiding the score until then.

Hoda, Kathie Lee…and Cramer

snl_2-8.jpgThe Today show’s fourth hour was parodied for the second time this year last night on Saturday Night Live, with Kristin Wiig playing Kathie Lee Gifford and Michaela Watkins portraying Hoda Kotb. The awkwardness and underlying tension was on full display.

A more subdued Jim Cramer parody was also part of a Christian Bale sketch, in order to highlight the craziness of the Bale freak-out tape (pictured).

Click continued to see the Today show sketch…

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