CNN Boss Apologizes To Kenya For “Hotbed Of Terror” Reference

US President Barack Obama shakes hands with his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta (L) before boarding Air Force One prior to his departure from Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi on July 26, 2015. Obama urged Kenya to renounce corruption and tribalism, delivering a rousing speech at the end of a landmark visit to the East African nation and birthplace of his father. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

In a televised CNN report preceding President Obama’s July trip to Kenya, the news network has referred to the East African country as a “hotbed of terror” while highlighting the possibility of an attack by Al-Shaabab militants during the President’s visit.

Kenyans were not amused by CNN’s labeling and immediately took to social media to hurl insults and sarcastic humor at CNN under the hashtag #SomeoneTellCNN, which ended up trending on Twitter TWTR -2.89% for a few days.

But the Kenyan government took a more serious approach towards reprimanding CNN. Two weeks ago, the Kenyan Tourism Board, a state agency whose mission is to drive and support the effective marketing of Kenya’s tourism products, said it was withdrawing advertising from the network in reaction to the “misrepresentation of the country’s status.”

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