It was a long way to go to say you're sorry, but Tony Maddox, CNN’s global Executive Vice President and Managing Director, who oversees CNN’s global editorial policy, flew all the way from Atlanta to Nairobi to personally apologize to President Uhuru Kenyatta and Kenyans.
Kenya was not happy after CNN labeled the country a "Hot Bed of Terror" at the time President Obama was visiting the country.
“We acknowledge there is a widespread feeling that the report annoyed many, which is why we pulled down the report as soon as we noticed. It wasn’t a deliberate attempt to portray Kenya negatively, it is regrettable and we shouldn’t have done it. There is a world at a war with extremists; we know what a hotbed of terror looks like, and Kenya isn’t one,” Maddox said.
President Kenyatta, while expressing his disappointment at the story, urged CNN to stick to factual reporting and to show more responsibility in its delivery of security-related news about Kenya.
“In one stroke, CNN’s description of Kenya as a ‘hotbed of terror’ undermined the sacrifices made by our Kenyan troops, and the value of hundreds of lives lost, and relegated them to nothing. That’s why Kenyans, as expressed by those on Twitter, were so angry. Kenya is nothing like the countries that have real war. There was no reason to portray Kenya in that way,” the President said.
Kenya's tourism board pulled a big advertising package that was scheduled to air on CNN after the network's claim it was a "hotbed of terror".
Ahhhh....now we know why CNN personally apologized.