PBS Admits to Recycling Old Fireworks Coverage for A Capitol Fourth

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PBS on Monday was criticized for attempting to do the “patriotic thing” by enhancing its fireworks coverage during the annual A Capitol Fourth special.

In an effort to deliver the “best possible television viewing experience,” producers of the Fourth of July concert program included footage from previous years’ pyrotechnic displays, to make up for the fact that this year’s event was affected by inclement weather in the Washington, D.C. area.

The pre-taped portions drew outcries from social media, including one viewer who referred to the manufactured broadcast as “the Milli Vanilli of fireworks.” A fellow Twitter commentator joked that “only in D.C. could a PBS show become a scandal.”

In response, PBS released the following statements:

The 36th annual Capitol Fourth broadcast included performances by Motown legend Smokey Robinson, “Footloose” crooner Kenny Loggins, Younger‘s Sutton Foster and The Voice alumni Alisan Porter and Cassadee Pope, among others.

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