CBS ‘Apologizes’ If You Were Offended By Their Communist Propaganda

Posted by on Mar 25, 2013 at 7:52 am

If you weren’t offended or have no clue what they’re apologizing for, then never mind.

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.”

If they actually had “profound respect” for veterans the segment never would have aired, so this mealy-mouthed bullshit doesn’t fly. And are they apologizing only to veterans or to all decent Americans who found this repulsive?

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13 Responses to “CBS ‘Apologizes’ If You Were Offended By Their Communist Propaganda”

  1. Blue Hen on 25/25/13 at 9:11 am

    Let’s give them this; they’re consistent. They’ve repeatedly screwed over veterans and they haven’t changed.

  2. Thatch on 25/25/13 at 9:54 am

    It was offensive to more than just veterans. It was offensive to veterans in particular but I think it shows the producers do not understand what they did if they think that showing propaganda for any tyranny is OK. The communists were as disgusting and vile a bunch of people as have ever walked the earth.

  3. nickless on 25/25/13 at 10:32 am

    Did they ever apologize for Cronkhite selling out the veterans while they were still in theater?

  4. BK on 25/25/13 at 10:56 am

    “and ANY VIEWERS WHO WERE OFFENDED by the broadcast.”

    They made a mistake (or miscalculated) but let’s not pretend the apology didn’t cover everyone.

  5. Pervy Grin on 25/25/13 at 11:40 am

    They also repeatedly showed a performance of a Communist propaganda song glorifying socialism, as well as displaying Communist propaganda posters. One could say that at least they showed that crap for what it is, without comment. Viewers were left to draw their own conclusions.

  6. bonhomme on 25/25/13 at 12:26 pm

    Not only did they repeatedly show the Communist propaganda “play” (complete with red hammer and sickle flags), but the contestants had to memorize a propaganda phrase from the show. Because the phrase was in Vietnamese, they had to repeatedly sit through the play in order to get the phrase right. They then had to run to another room and find the propaganda poster with the exact phrase on it. Each poster had Communist iconography (tanks, happy children waving Communist flags, glorified worker icons, etc).

    A commenter above said that Amazing Race should be held at Dachau. To be equivalent, one would have to force the contestants to watch a Nazi play at Dachau with the purpose of memorizing and recreating Nazi slogans in order to advance.

  7. Mickey Morgan on 25/25/13 at 12:56 pm

    I love watching that show for the glimpses of foreign travel but that was the most jaw-dropping thing that they have ever done.
    I sure hope that the crew was simply naive about that B52 site.

  8. red speck on 25/25/13 at 1:04 pm

    Suggestions for future episodes: Contestants go to North Korea and learn how to flip cards in unison to reveal huge collage of Dear Leader; Contestants visit Afghanistan where they must construct suicide bomb vests and run at a military checkpoint in order to move to the next challenge; Contestants travel to NY where they build scale models of the Twin Towers, knocking them down with remote control planes. All in fun!

  9. MT Geoff on 25/25/13 at 1:52 pm

    Mr. Keoghan is originally a Kiwi; I dunno about the rest of the production team. He is also quite a bit younger than I am. He would have grown up with a very different view of Vietnam and the war there than an American, especially an American of around my age, or perhaps even a Canadian.
    I still would have thought it was an obvious error, a bit like having a team from Christchurch visit a Turkish memorial at Gallipoli. It’s possible he and his team thought the memorial was a place of reconciliation — a Japanese emperor visited the Arizona, after all — but it’s nothing of the sort.

  10. Blue Hen on 25/25/13 at 6:15 pm

    Contestants visit Afghanistan where they must construct suicide bomb vests and run at a military checkpoint in order to move to the next challenge;

    Or hurl acid jars at school girls. Or quote shit from Hamas. The ladies can do a “fun run” at night in Tahir square. Or perhaps tank dodging in tienamen square.