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"The Amazing Race" Apologizes

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RUSH: I never watched this show The Amazing Race. You ever seen that show? It's Sunday nights on CBS. We do watch The Good Wife, and I have it set to record every night at nine o'clock. So I checked it last night just to make sure that it was recorded. I also get it off Apple TV the next day, off iTunes.

But I just wanted to make sure it recorded, because half the time in the football season it doesn't. CBS has a late game, the late game goes long, and everything in the primetime schedule is delayed. But the DVR schedule is not delayed to accommodate it. I forgot that the NCAA Basketball Tournament was on and that CBS has that, so I turned it on and The Amazing Race was at nine o'clock on my DVR and not The Good Wife. So it took about two seconds for me to figure out what happened.

The basketball game ran long and everything else was delayed, but the DVR schedule at DirecTV wasn't changed to accommodate it. I had never watched The Amazing Race but I did fast-forward and see about 30 minutes of it at four-times normal speed just to find where in my one-hour recording The Good Wife began, where it started. I just wanted to make sure it got recorded. I didn't see anything. I never watched the show. Well, I get up today and CBS apologized for last night's episode of The Amazing Race.

Do you know why?

Well, they used the wreck of a B-52 shot down by the North Vietnamese as one of the obstacles in The Amazing Race, in North Vietnam. The Amazing Race was in Vietnam, and they used a shot-down fuselage, wreckage of a B-52, as one of their obstacles. Apparently there was hell to pay with e-mails, 'cause they apologized. Or maybe they even apologized during the show with a crawl on the screen. I'm not sure which. But who cares about that either?

"The Vietnam War, didn't we deserve to lose that? Didn't we deserve to get our butts kicked on that? We had no business being over there anyway. So a B-52 got shot down. Big whoop! Who cares about veterans these days anyway?" To the current low-information crowd, the US military is the focus of evil in the modern world. So, we got our just desserts in Vietnam. So what if The Amazing Race used a B-52? The fact of the matter is, and the real interesting point here is, that whoever produces that show and whoever writes it didn't think a thing about it, folks.

They didn't think a thing about it other than, "Oh, look! It's the wreck of a B-52 from the Vietnam War! That would be a great visual for our show." And they used it. It was not until they heard some protests from their audience that they apologized. Can you imagine the producer? "W-w-what did we do wrong? It's just a B-52." (sigh) Do you realize you might be insulting veterans that served? "Oh. Oh, yeah. Screw them! Who cares? It's our show now!" But they did apologize nevertheless.

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RUSH: Let me grab Teresa in Harrisburg. She wants to correct me on something. Teresa in Harrisburg, we'll take her first. Teresa, thanks for the call. It's great to have you on the EIB Network. Hello.

CALLER: Hello, sir. I'm not correcting. Never, never correct the master. I'm just expanding on him, okay?

RUSH: Okay.

CALLER: The problem is this: The show wasn't aired yesterday. It was aired last week.

RUSH: Which show? What are we talking about?

CALLER: The Amazing Race.

RUSH: The Amazing Race, the B-52 episode?

CALLER: Exactly.

RUSH: It's just a rock group.

CALLER: (laughing)

RUSH: Most people think, "Well, the B-52s? What did they apologize for?"

CALLER: Okay. I've been trying to reach you for a week to tell you what the problem was. So it wasn't yesterday; it was the week before.

RUSH: All right. Well, I didn't see it last night. I just heard about the apology today. I just assumed it was last night. So I stand to be corrected now.

CALLER: No, they had a whole week to apologize, and they were just looking for going under the radar and investigating how many people were going to really get upset about this.

RUSH: Yeah.

CALLER: But the problem was that, prior to that, the participants of the show had to listen to a tune put on by the youth communist group or whatever, praising the virtues of communism. You see the participants clapping, laughing. I mean, these are the Americans, not the Vietnamese. The Vietnamese were singing the song.

RUSH: Right.

CALLER: The Americans are clapping, laughing, having a ball. At the end of the song, they put a communist slogan on the flash card, and then the participants had to go back to a mural and pick out the right slogan from a whole bunch of other communist slogans plastered there. Now, I was a teacher before I retired, and, believe me: This is the way you start teaching communism indirectly and how wonderful it is and how great.

RUSH: Exactly. Communism is fun! Look what happens with communism.

CALLER: Mmm-hmm.

RUSH: You can be on TV!

CALLER: Right.

RUSH: You can be sent to Vietnam and you can be on TV, and you can win prizes, and all you have to do is find the greatest communist slogans and accompanying pictures!

CALLER: Exactly.

RUSH: Then, when you finish, we'll go have a barbecue at a crashed B-52.

CALLER: Uh-huh. Exactly. And it was funny because... Well, not funny. But, I mean, you know, adding salt to the wound, it was a "U-turn" at the B-52. A U-turn is when you do something bad to somebody.

RUSH: Yeah?

CALLER: So they were kind of putting, you know, the screws on, if you pardon the French.

RUSH: Right, right. It was the B-52's fault.

CALLER: Uh-huh. Exactly.

RUSH: Well, let me tell you something, Teresa. As a school teacher, I'm sure you'll agree and you'll know exactly what I'm referring to here.

CALLER: Well, I'm ashamed to say it with what's going on now. But that's the reason I retired. I took early retirement, sir, because I would not do the kind of nonsense that is being done with education now.

RUSH: I totally understand, but let me tell you something. This episode of The Amazing Race -- which was last week, not last night, that we're talking about.

CALLER: Yes.

RUSH: What happened on that show is nothing different than what our current secretary of state once did.

CALLER: Yes you're right.

RUSH: And Jane Fonda once did.

CALLER: Yes.

RUSH: I mean, Jane Fonda went over and pretended to shoot down an American fighter plane, and John Kerry went over there and he celebrated the communists. He came back here, and he ripped his own country, and he threw fake versions of his own metals over the White House fence.

CALLER: Uh-huh. Yup. That's right.

RUSH: So CBS having the contestants of this show run around and sing praises to and clap hands for a bunch of communists is no different than what members of this administration have done in their young lives.

CALLER: Yes. Unfortunately you're right, yes.

RUSH: I usually am.

CALLER: But where's the end? Where's the end? When are we gonna stop this? I mean, how much more are we going have rammed down our throats, you know? This is ridiculous.

RUSH: Well, let me ask you a question. What are you actually asking? Seriously, how much more of this is gonna go on?

CALLER: I'm asking people to... I mean, they would never dare to do this, you know, if instead of a B-52 we would have gone and put up Salman Rushdie's Satanic Verses or something.

RUSH: You are asking a larger question. When you say, "How much longer are we gonna have to put up with this," what you're asking is: When are the American people gonna wake up?

CALLER: Wake up, exactly!

RUSH: What happened here? Well, that is something we have been discussing, and I have offered a theorem about that. That theorem, by the way, has been confirmed by a political consultant. Actually, no. Not a political consultant. A political scientist, Stu Rothenberg, talked to a Republican about this very thing. And this Republican told Stu Rothenberg, "You know what? We're beyond the point now of being able to change people's minds," meaning the Republicans.

"There's nothing we can do. We're just have sit around and wait for something to happen, an event," and he means the same thing I meant when I first said this. Not a cataclysmic weather event or act of God kind of event, but rather something that embarrasses and angers people about Obama or the Democrats. I know people say, "Well, if what they're doing now doesn't anger them, what's it gonna take? What's it gonna be?"

Like I said last week, it's gonna be something like Obama speaking on an open mike when he's not aware people can hear him. He's gonna diss Justin Timberlake's latest CD or something like that and he's gonna really tick off all these low-information people and they're gonna have had it, and they're gonna think that Obama has betrayed 'em. It's gonna be something silly. It could be something profound in politics that goes wrong that wakes people up, but nothing that's happening so far is, on the low-information side.

Anyway, Teresa, I appreciate the call, I really do.

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