Aug. 10, 2000: The Secret Service launched an investigation after Craig Kilborn, host of the CBS network’s “The Late, Late Show” aired a photograph of GOP presidential nominee George W. Bush accepting his party’s nomination at the Republican National Convention – with the words “SNIPERS WANTED” emblazoned across the bottom of the television screen.
The clip may have been aired as a news parody, “but we don’t find such parodies very amusing,” said Special Agent Jim Mackin, a spokesman for the Secret Service. The agency had been assigned to protect Bush and his running mate, Richard B. Cheney, throughout the campaign.
“Kilborn has made a statement that, for all intents and purposes, should mean his arrest,” said one upset poster on the Free Republic chat and news website. “He may have meant it in jest, but it’s not funny. He should make a public apology, he should apologize directly to [Bush] in person, and he should resign.”
“If it was a Republican saying this, there would be protests in the streets,” said another.
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