Faith, Media & Culture

Here’s today’s dispatch from the crossroads of faith, media and culture.

Amazing grace. From The Wrap: CBS, under fire from veterans for last week’s episode of “The Amazing Race” that featured a segment in Vietnam filmed at the site of a crashed American B-52, opened Sunday’s show with an apology…”Parts of last Sunday’s episode, filmed in Vietnam, were insensitive to a group that is very important to us — our nation’s veterans.” (host Phil Keoghan, off camera before last night’s broadcast) said. “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 had on Thursday sent a letter to CBS, asking that the network apologize for “its disgraceful slap-in-the face administered to American war heroes” during a prime time broadcast of the program, “The Amazing Race” on Sunday, March 17…Koutz in a statement Sunday thanked people who wrote to CBS. “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.”

Comment: Now that’s the way it’s done. CBS made a big and, yes, insensitive, blunder with the Amazing Race stunt — which I, personally, found even more disappointing because it’s one of the very few shows on broadcast television that I actually enjoy. But, the good news is, the people made their voices heard and CBS responded with an apology. What I found most impressive, however, is Koutz’s response. He accepts the apology, thanks those who expressed their support of the vets and let’s it go. True grace.

Encourage one another and build each other up – 1 Thessalonians 5:11

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