Score one for Bob Beckel as CBS apologizes for last week′s Amazing Race Vietnam episode! As I wrote the other day, the Fox News Channel co-host, Bob Beckel, was outraged when his fellow co-host of ′The Five′, Greg Gutfeld, inventor of the ′leg-chair′, reported about the reality game show. Contestants were tasked in Hanoi, Vietnam to memorize and recite a song glorifying Communism and Ho Chi Minh, then find clues at the crash site of an American B-52 bomber. Two crewmen were known to be killed when that plane was shot down and the rest were imprisoned at the notorious ′Hanoi Hilton′ POW camp. Beckel demanded that CBS executive Les Moonves and series producer Jerry Bruckheimer issue an apology. Last night, the show′s host, Phil Keoghan read a ′voice-over′ a text graphic apologizing at the beginning of the show. Update: Executive Producer Jerry Bruckheimer issued his own Amazing Race apology yesterday.
The official apology reads as follows: ″Parts of last Sunday′s episode filmed in Vietnam were insensitive to a group that is very important to us: our nations veterans. We want to apologize to veterans – particularly those who served in Vietnam – as well as to their families and any viewers offended by the broadcast. All of us here have the most profound respect for the men and women who fight for our country.″
Beckel appeared this morning on FNC′s ′Fox & Friends′ and seemed satisfied with the apology. He also has new respect for the power of social media as his Twitter account received tremendous activity in response to the hash-tag, #cbsapologize. Bob also related how he had talked with many veterans, including Sen. John McCain, himself once a prisoner at the ′Hanoi Hilton′, as well as from the heads of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Now that CBS apologizes for the Amazing Race Vietnam episode, Bob Beckel can return to his usual, ornery self. While he had hoped a statement directly from Les Moonves or Jerry Bruckheimer, the apology read last night by host Phil Keoghan proves that even a Liberal can do the right thing once in a while! Too bad CBS did not apologize for promoting Ho Chi Minh!