CBS declines comment over 'Amazing Race' controversy
Reality show accused of insulting Vietnam veterans
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- Date Mar 22, 2013
Reality show accused of insulting Vietnam veterans
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I wasn't going to let up on CBS registration American war heroes and I managed.
Today the five reached out again to CEO let's -- as an amazing race executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer and again.
They refuse to apologize not only that they would even comment on this disgrace.
I'm caught on them to apologize to Vietnam vets after sending reality show contestants to the wreckage of an American B 52 bomber shot down and annoy.
-- first told us about the story Wednesday.
Teams must now make you wait and -- 52 memorial.
Site of the wreckage of a B 52 bomber shot down during the Vietnam War and win -- line here next month.
-- -- -- -- Is that W turn.
The Amazing Race episode also broadcast Communist propaganda I spoke today was Senator John McCain.
It was forty years ago last week that he returned from Vietnam after being a POW for over five years he says regardless of how this happened.
CBS those better and better and an apology.
Eric I assume you agree with Senator McCain obviously.
Yes on this one thing I actually don't agree senator Jane I that's bobcats to this -- give back to you could you've been on this from the very get Greg brought the story.
It really hit home with you and you it's really resonating -- tight on Twitter my Twitter feed lit up last night after the show I've never seen I've tried never got -- Tweets and all of more responsive -- probably aware of you stepping up standing up for.
There's there's to data taught me how to do it -- statements I don't think this.
-- golf after that it was gone on my law.
I'm glad that we get a share that moment yes -- will this have in the past -- tag meant something else.
David let me ask you something from should be published in point why why do they not just say I'm sorry.
I think it's partly because of the Fox News and on the -- has talked about that if Fox News brings it up then it must be.
I'm crazy black helicopter conspiracy.
But they don't realize and somebody should have been helping them get out of there a long way to that this great come up with a story on his own president Vietnam vet who.
Emailed him -- -- -- son and I -- I emailed me after the show it's at -- was actually very polite about he just said.
I'll watch and is this is kinda weird this is safe and out of -- -- and I feel like that's -- and I took the email exported to produce I -- this is crazy.
And he made this great point he says he -- Are -- -- -- be re three legged races at Gettysburg a potato sack -- at Normandy.
Tug -- war at Abu Ghraib and he was like he -- I was -- good humor about it but it bothered him.
Yes for sure it anyway what do you think from outstripping provoke races have one as well why do you -- you agree that they -- -- -- because fox wouldn't we bring it up or is it.
I mean -- -- that.
A stupid and insensitive.
Why I think that has something to do it absolutely but what they should understand this is grown much bigger than Fox News -- mean this is a lot of their viewers.
That are very upset with this and I don't know if they're just tone deaf Bob and they think that this will blow over and they're just trying to ride it out.
That the first rule is when you -- and you know what fix it clarify apologize and move on instead.
This -- gotten so much bigger and they haven't stopped the bleeding and they should apologize AS AP because I don't think it's going away it's just getting bigger you'll.
But I think it is no I think it's about eight.
I think that you know what they're thinking -- the average age of the Vietnam -- is probably over sixty at this point probably the mid sixties you know.
Generally these shows now are run by emasculated metro -- those who are chasing.
The mentality of a sixteen year old girl they don't actually care about anybody over 55 they don't.
I just add to show as -- you know I spoke to also today to the -- American legion who has sent letters CBS demanding an apology.
They have 2.5 million that's that they represent he said that he wants to.
-- -- and on the movie watching that show again and you want to thank by the way the five for bringing this forward.
But he was.
It was a very poignant discussion you know I I allowed us -- had opposed Vietnam -- myself he began he says.
I followed your career but I know you did he said you've done the right thing here.
It was almost it was got very emotional -- the end of our conversation and end this guy felt he he himself was Vietnam veteran.
And and he clearly felt this right down the court has been.
The I'm against boycotts -- hate the idea boycotts I think the better thing to do is the man up and apologize you say some wrong I've been there for the -- first and doing this.
I misspoke they should absolutely apologize -- -- this -- already taped.
And they can't get to showed it to apologize on tape they can certainly run something get into one -- -- -- -- we switch our -- insensitivity.
To the Vietnam vets are all veterans for that matter all Americans for that you don't kick -- -- just -- very quickly got Karl Rove had something said he wants its.
He's got a message for you which has -- appear later on.
Tonight on Greta but -- message watch.
God bless Bob Beckel for standing up on this issue this was.
Callous and it's stupid on the part of CBS to do this they allow themselves to to insult every Vietnam era veteran and their families and those.
Particularly who cherish the memory of someone lost in that conflict.
But by doing this I cannot imagine what idiot producer at CBS.
Did this and CBS -- ought to take action.
And Bob was right to stand up assays have been about and I really applaud him for doing so.
You can circuit we counted us two times ever agreed with senator -- if you could tell probably.
The saints went out and Bob -- -- little light and all of us agree -- -- -- -- the guys says.
It's a W turn to hit -- to double mistake.
Because going and having the contestants go there in the first place so it's either ignorant.
And that you could maybe at a -- -- -- -- triple mistake because now it instead of just saying.
We meant no offense and we should we will be more sensitive in the future and -- -- this go -- we would never talk about it again.
Now you have on primetime shows covering it I would also imagine that there are a lot of Iraqi and Afghan war -- Who will stand with the Vietnam -- and say -- -- not gonna.
-- -- stand with them because this could happen to us in the future we want people to know what our sacrifice was and how we fought for our country and our -- support what our country asked us to do.
I do think that these producers.
POW was in new song by one direction.
So I what I -- -- out whichever reality show where they send contestants to a location where Americans have died in the first contestant.
To recognize and refuse participation.
Gets the punch the producer in the face.
I was thinking about the contestants will be great if one of those -- against actually came forward Danny is that you know -- I didn't either I -- -- now are.
And an executive who does know better.
But to your point -- it does appear like they know better.
And that's what's upsetting because people aren't taught the lessons of history and the sacrifices that are troops that that's why.
If it is about fox.
It's really insulting because it's not about Fox News it's not about the viewers.
It's about the veterans who made the sacrifices it's about the atrocities it's about the evil and you know Bob.
I'm sure a lot of people understand -- and what's most shameful is now they do they have no excuse that executives can't say we didn't know we weren't sure.
They know their choosing to not say anything and that's that is what is upsetting.
I don't think it's about fox Jerry Bruckheimer is not a twenty something he's he's he's been around he knows what's going -- of frankly I don't think he's.
-- said I think he's he's just a guy who blow it this is more about character.
Character meaning Bruckheimer and hours Moonves both you guys price should do one of you should stand -- -- we blew it we're sorry but do they have a -- to do it.
Well it I just say -- I got thousands thousands -- I haven't had that many aids is as I started the treatment.
And Dana got returned honestly not safe for the first 799%.
Were favorable which for me is exactly the opposite it's to an arm has been -- let me ask you something here Greg that you made that point here about.
Do you do you think it is really possible that they made decisions that -- audience -- younger not Vietnam connected and therefore this was just fun to go ahead.
I I think he was if anybody -- date date there assumption was their audience is too passive.
What it operates under the assumption of what's really the big deal that was forty years ago what -- cares.
I think that's how they looked at -- the product of the problem is there's so many outlets for that kind of opinion in fact if you look.
Most colleges -- outpost of anti military -- is -- and anti an anti Americanism.
That we come to accept and I think all we're asking is that it is just not put it in the reality shows we like to watch with their families just that you know.
But what they've got they could have gone to Vietnam yeah and even at the Vietnamese government said okay we're gonna have -- go here and here.
But they have scripted the show differently right I mean -- -- said.
And we know what happened here and -- and you're not for this we are for freedom and an inning they -- made it.
Michigan I think -- a -- -- a teachable moment yes it is a bandage makes you didn't sit -- you know don't you think that old even if older veterans are older viewers are hearing about the story.
Do you think that they are talking about it to their kids the younger generations I think that it's actually permeating in getting.
Getting larger and I think they're hoping let's ride it out over the weekend you know and we -- find some bets.
To go up against the contestants.
The Amazing Race and see who would win you don't actually added I don't want to say -- is sale -- absolute.
Absorbed in this and again I didn't matter believe you're not every minute -- -- -- you know.
If I said this -- fortunately but Vietnam defined my generation and that was the defining moment and not just -- 150000 Vietnam veterans but for an entire generation the baby boomers and it was a painful painful experience for everybody.
It's a very least you could have thought about that said Vietnam -- that almost -- America apart and maybe this is not to -- the question should go and bring the members.
I backed up so I'm sorry go ahead -- -- -- gonna -- there I haven't heard a single person -- include Pepsi CBS three and a Twitter that says.
Well it's not that big of a deal like I don't nobody is actually -- this is what's -- -- but nobody's defending it.
And where and -- yet has never been louder yeah I think by not saying anything.
Violence they're they're screaming that they either endorse this -- they know they screwed up so which one isn't it yeah -- -- -- And they get away aside why wouldn't of did did they -- Bob we contact him twice -- three times three times didn't at one point they said we have no comment -- I think every does not I.
I'll add a comment in -- -- myself the that's a college lady would know this isn't no comment a pretty indicted rules statements about it's basically.
Get John enjoy a -- on the hand -- -- need -- digital -- a comment -- -- national security related you can say no comment and with -- we'll get back to you later but that this is basically a shut up.
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I your thoughts on this whole issue CBS and should CBS apologize to Vietnam vets.
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Have a chance descends into CBS a message about what you think so far more than 3000 and you -- -- taken a poll.
I think something like 3000 said apologize and fifty said don't.