– Sun Jun 19, 11:10 pm ET
BETHESDA, Md. – An omission in the Pledge of Allegiance had NBC issuing an on-air apology Sunday during the U.S. Open.
The network opened its broadcast with a montage that included children reciting the pledge, but the words “under God” and “indivisible” were omitted.
The backlash on social media was quick and harsh, with some tweets calling for a boycott of NBC.
“We began our coverage of this final round just about three hours ago, and when we did it was our intent to begin the coverage of this U.S. Open championship with a feature that captured the patriotism of our national championship being held in our nation’s capital for the third time,” announcer Dan Hicks told viewers. “Regrettably, a portion of the Pledge of Allegiance that was in that feature was edited out. It was not done to upset anyone, and we’d like to apologize to those of you who were offended by it.”
That was the story from AP yesterday describing NBC’s action to intentionally edit out “under God” from a video of the Pledge of Allegiance—an OMISSION!
Sacrilege maybe, idiotic certainly,but NBC’s ‘omission’ is all too common place at NBC and across the media. We have reached a point of absurdity in this country when being politically correct is more important than being fair, reasonable, inclusive or consistent with the law. We seem only too willing to abandon our national traditions on the altar of political correctness when they don’t suit our politics.
It is time to name it and call it out. The good news is that is exactly what happened to NBC—blasted for its crassness and lambasted for its insulting decision to altar the Pledge of Allegiance and equally boorish to do so by deleting “under God” from the video.
- One Nation Under God (fellowshipofminds.wordpress.com)
- The U.S. Open Omits ‘Under God’ from the Pledge (friendlyatheist.com)
- NBC Omits “Under God” From U.S. Pledge, Ignites Controversy [VIDEO] (mashable.com)
- Hey, NBC, What the Heck???? (earthoceanskyredux.wordpress.com)
- VIDEO: NBC Skips ‘Under God’ In 2011 U.S. Open Final Round Intro (sbnation.com)
- Pledge of Allegiance: This is Not Brainwashing (settingbrushfires.wordpress.com)