A week ago, CBS broadcast an episode of “The Amazing Race” that used an unwise prop: a B-52 that had been shot down over Vietnam in 1972. The image and its treatment offended veterans groups, not to mention a very vocal Greg Gutfeld and other Fox News hosts.
The network is sorry. This week’s show opened with an apology, offering proof that old school patriotism can be a powerful thing.
“Parts of last Sunday’s episode, filmed in Vietnam, were insensitive to a group that is very important to us - our nation’s veterans,” said host Phil Keoghan. “We want to apologize to veterans - particularly those who served in Vietnam - as well as to their families and any viewers who were offended by the broadcast. All of us here have the most profound respect for the men and women who fight for our country.”
Vietnam War veteran and American Legion National commander James E. Koutz is satisfied.
‘America is a forgiving country. When you make a mistake, you own up to it. The American Legion applauds CBS and ‘The Amazing Race’ for its apology that was broadcast immediately before tonight’s episode. We believe it to be sincere and heartfelt. We would like to thank the hundreds, if not thousands, of people who supported us through their Facebook comments, tweets, e-mails and phone calls,” Mr. Koutz says. “To CBS, I say, ‘apology accepted.’”
Previously, he had compared the show to a World War II broadcast of Tokyo Rose, and wished that CBS would air something more along the lines of Kate Smith singing “God Bless America.”
Not a bad idea.