CBS: Violent anti-Bush graphic was 'regrettable'

Wednesday, August 9th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- CBS apologized Wednesday for a violent anti-George W. Bush message that flashed briefly on the screen
during the "The Late Show with Craig Kilborn" last week.

The phrase "Snipers wanted" was shown Friday across footage of Bush accepting his nomination as the Republican presidential
candidate at the party's Philadelphia convention.

"This graphic, which was not accompanied by any remarks from Mr. Kilborn, should not have been included in the telecast and is not consistent with our broadcast standards," CBS said in a statement.

The network called the display "an inappropriate and regrettable graphic," adding that it and program producer
Worldwide Pants Inc. "deeply regret this incident." The company said it would take appropriate action.

A Bush spokesman said the candidate accepted the apology:"It's unfortunate something like that has happened," Bush
campaign spokesman Dan Bartlett said from Austin, Texas. "We accept their apology and look forward to seeing the results of their investigation."

Worldwide Pants, David Letterman's production company, also produces "Late Show with David Letterman," which airs immediately before Kilborn's daily show.

The phrase concerning Bush appeared on the screen during a segment of the show called "In the News," which features photos,
video clips and Kilborn's commentary on current events.

Kilborn took over in March 1999 as host of "The Late Late Show," which debuted in 1995 as a talk show with host Tom Snyder.

A message seeking comment from Kilborn was not immediately returned Wednesday.
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