The Amazing Race Apologizes for Pissing Off Vietnam Veterans and a Token Fox News Liberal

My colleague R. Scott Moxley recently wrote of the shitstorm kicked up after The Amazing Race had contestants visiting Vietnam watch a pro-communist musical show, recite a pro-communist poem and then gather at an anti-American military site in Hanoi. If there was increased interest (and ratings?) heading into Sunday night's airing of the CBS reality show, viewers discovered right after the final 60 Minutes stopwatch tick that producers were apologizing.

"Parts of last Sunday's episode, filmed in Vietnam, were insensitive to a group that is very important to us--our nation's veterans," read the type of a bright blue placard that appeared from the show started. "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."

As Moxley reported, the March 17 broadcast was blasted by Bob Beckel, "one of the token liberals on Fox News" and "a cantankerous, longtime Democratic Party strategist who tried to get Walter Mondale into the White House in 1984."

FOX Slams Amazing Race on CBS for Pro-Communist Tributes During Vietnam Stop

Insisting that episode was an obscene slight to U.S. soldiers who fought to keep South Vietnam free, Beckel vowed to continue ranting until CBS management apologized. His cause was picked up by James E. Koutz, a Vietnam War veteran and American Legion national commander who sent the network a letter demanding an apology for "its disgraceful slap-in-the face administered to American war heroes."

Koutz sent out a follow-up statement after Sunday night's broadcast: "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.

"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. We would also like to thank Fox News Channel's Greg Gutfeld for bringing this to our attention and his colleague Bob Beckel. To CBS, I say, 'apology accepted.'"

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