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NBC Explains 'Under God' Omission From Pledge at U.S. Open

June 20, 2011 09:24:05 GMT

Making people upset after cutting the words 'under God' twice from the United States Pledge of Allegiance, the network offers an apology 'to those of you that were offended by it.'


NBC Explains 'Under God' Omission From Pledge at U.S. Open
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NBC tries to redeem the omission of words "under God" from the United States Pledge of Allegiance at the U.S. Open golf tournament by offering an apology. The network releases a statement which is read, "It was our intent to begin our coverage of this U.S. Open championship with a feature that captured the patriotism of our national championship, held in our nation's capital for the third time."

"Regrettably, a portion of the Pledge of Allegiance that was in that feature was edited out," NBC admits its mistake, before adding "It was not done to upset anyone, and we'd like to apologize to those of you who were offended by it."

The network came under fire after cutting the phrase "under God" twice from a reading of the Pledge while broadcasting the opening of the U.S. Open which was held on Sunday, June 19 at the Congressional Country Club near Washington D.C. The word "indivisible" was also omitted during the first recital, while the second recital left out the phrase "one nation" as well.

Soon, Twitter was exploded with negative comments, with some tweets calling for a boycott of NBC. Interestingly, the words "under God" were not part of the original Pledge of Allegiance until President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed legislation adding the words in 1954.



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posted by marvingentz on Jun 27, 2011
Do not feel bad. Feel free to omit the words anytime you wish.
posted by erick on Jun 23, 2011
A-----t, C-------t governments kill their own people.
posted by erick on Jun 23, 2011
Who IS George Soros?
posted by erick on Jun 23, 2011
NBC was testing the waters.Just as the current occupant of the WhiteHouse did with his notable omission of "under God." If the one world order socialists can get us to accept this, they can then omit our founding documents which state that our rights are "God given."
posted by mhen on Jun 21, 2011
Fact is...its part of the pledge. Clearly not an accident to omit. Pathetic, truly pathetic.
posted by fORTAZ on Jun 21, 2011
NBC is The Muppet Show of news/entertainment. The hand of the left is so far up there backsides that they have lost all control over there sense of reality. I just want to watch a sporting event, not be part of some loathsome political and sociological agenda. Just another reason to watch NBC sports with the MUTE button on.
posted by Pentar on Jun 21, 2011
Fact is, we are NOT one nation under a God. I suspect the omission was intentional. Considering that just about every President, Senator and Congress person is or has been a God believer, wouldn't you agree, that in spite of this supposed advantage, their leadership has been disappointing? Are we safer since "Under God" was inserted into the pledge in 1954? Believing in a supernatural being has nothing to do with a respect for our Constitution and Bill of Rights. The battlefield of history is littered with the bodies of those who refused to endorse superstition in it's many forms. NBC's apology shows the power that superstition still holds over reason.
posted by SWEETLEILANI on Jun 21, 2011
DID NBC REALLY THINK THAT THIS WOULD GO UNNOTICED? WHOEVER IT WAS THAT GAVE THE GREEN LIGHT TO DO THIS IS PROBABLY CLEANING OUT HIS OFFICE, I BELIEVE THAT AN APOLOGY SHOULD BE MADE FROM EACH AND EVERY PERSON THAT HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH THIS ON AIR AND PAY A FINE FOR CHANGING THE WORDS WE "REAL AMERICAN'S" RESPECT, BELIEVE AND HOLD DEAR TO OUR HEARTS! YOU DID NOT GET PERMISSION FROM ME TO CHANGE MY "PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE"! SHAME ON YOU NBC! SHAME SHAME SHAME!!!! I THINK YOU FORGET WHO'S RATINGS YOU NEED TO KEEP ALIVE!
posted by Angela20 on Jun 20, 2011
I find it very disrespectful for NBC to leave out "one nation" "under God" and "indivisible" For those that don't believe in God and are making it a big deal that they can't believe NBC has apologized. I would just like to say for starters that all of those words left out in the pledge are suppose to be in it, considering the fact that they haven't officially removed them. I am sure that with our country going the way it is that they will remove all that in time. However I do believe that you can show some respect to those that do believe. I can't believe you have to even say that you are upset that NBC has apologized. I respect others in what they believe in and I would like to be respected as well. "May God bless the United States and all of those that need his blessings!"
posted by rfl69 on Jun 20, 2011
The pledge of Allegence was changed n the 1950's and the words added, "Under God" became a revised pledge. I accept the revised pledge and feel that in todays world, God should be part of our lives. Until the pledge is again revised, NBC should not mess with the pledge as it is the accepted as it is today. The individual who made this decision at NBC should be terrminated from employment for lack of concern for the majority of citizens in the US
posted by ryan777 on Jun 20, 2011
Science tells us there likely isn't a god. Sounds to me NBC got it right and I wish they would own up to it. Most people, inclusive of President Eisenhower tend to go with the flow down the river of stupidity.
posted by DaveW on Jun 20, 2011
With NBCs record over at MSNBC, it looks like this was intentional. Only after a big backlash, did NBC say something to try and save some ad revenue. I hope I'm wrong but with NBC and MSNBCs track record, I doubt it. Thanks for your time.
posted by sus on Jun 20, 2011
This omission is core to all the problems our society is facing. Leaving God out, has created humanism within; and many ills advancing. God is our first and only solution.
posted by American Patriot on Jun 20, 2011
This was no error by NBC. It was intentional. Don't boycott NBC, boycott their advertisers and tell the advertisers why you're not buying their products. Advertisers have financial clout. NBC doesn't want to loose their money.
posted by spookym on Jun 20, 2011
Very disappointed in NBC for apologizing. "Under god" has no place in a pledge to our country.
posted by jack on Jun 20, 2011
lOOK AT THE HISTORY OF nbc/GE AND YOU WILL SEE THE CONSTANT ATTEMPT TO DICTATE WHAT IS ACCEPTABLE AND WHAT IS NOT..PROGRAMMING ON TV
posted by James on Jun 20, 2011
What else will NBC edit??? How can their message be trusted, I guess you would have to verify everything you hear from NBC with another source to ensure they didn't edit out some important details.
posted by whypea on Jun 20, 2011
Unacceptable. This is our nation & NBC should acknowledge the presence of our Lord... which just happens to be in the pledge of allegiance... NBC shows very bad taste..!!!!
posted by David on Jun 20, 2011
I agree with Joe, this isn't an explanation. They just they did leave out part of the pledge but don't admit to what part they left out or why they did it. I'm an atheist and I find NBC's actions offensive. Until it is changed, the words "under God" are part of the Pledge of Allegiance, so leaving out these words is a direct slap on the collective slap on the faces of people who do believe in God. I may not believe in God, but I also respect the majority of people with different beliefs than my own. I'm saddened that a major media outlet would be so devisive. If they do start getting boycotted they only have themselves to blame.
posted by madatNBC on Jun 20, 2011
I will never watch NBC again!!!
posted by shame on you on Jun 20, 2011
Wonder why we are having all of these tornadoes, fires,etc.? BAND YOU NBC!!
posted by kurn on Jun 20, 2011
Well if NBC actually did it on purpose, then finally someone had the courage to see and proclaim(as the religious do daily)that one does not have to be religious to love this country or be a good person. Read about the history of teh pledge and why the Baptist Minister who wrote it intentionally left any mention of religion out. How his own granddaughter was against "under God" being added when McCarthy used fear and hate ruining people's lives. Nobody can stop anyone from believing in God by saying or not saying words. And for those that continue to think that our forefathers were ultra religious, you are wrong. Jefferson and Franklin were agnostics possibly Athiests by todays standards. And here are a few other thins to consider: Why are there less athiests in prison? Why do religious people think that doing write to avoid punishment(in the end), is better than doing it because it is right for no reason at all? When someone can explain to me why Zues and Odin are imaginary, you'll understand why the Christian God is as well. And while I'm at it, Abortion is ok. There isn't enough love in the world.
posted by cgolf on Jun 20, 2011
America's founders believed that people should have Christian principles when they wrote the constitution. NBC's deliberate omission of the words "under God" is UNPATRIOTIC!
posted by JM` on Jun 20, 2011
I am a retiree from the Air Force, fought for this country and have seen this happen too many times because you might “offend” someone. It’s time we stop selling this country short to please the "MORAL MINORITY"... Maybe a boycott of NBC would be a good idea. As far as President Eisenhower goes, I didn’t know he was still president… (He would probably roll-over in his grave if he knew what was happening to the country).
posted by Joe on Jun 20, 2011
And how was that an "explanation"? They didn't explain the reason for it, heck, they didn't even admit what was omitted!
posted by JP on Jun 20, 2011
What does the Eisenhower mention have to do with the story? Media just can't take one in the gut like a man. Like the little kid who gets his ass kicked, and still talks "S - - -" when their parents are carrying them away. It's wrong what they did. Why hint at a lame defense? Crooks!
posted by Bob on Jun 20, 2011
So, then, why your "rationalization" re: Pres. Eisenhower at the end of your statement - are you too unsure what should be included??????????
posted by howardB on Jun 20, 2011
I think GE, and NBC , should be admonished for changing our Pledge. We are in a free country and we shouldn't be worried about offending those who don't believe in our freedoms and right. I grew up learning the sacred words of the Pledge and was insulted that NBC feels they can change them.
posted by tippboy on Jun 20, 2011
Might as well say "one nation under Santa Claus" same thing really!
posted by tippboy on Jun 20, 2011
Less gods of all stripes would mean less divisions and a more cohesive nation and world.
posted by roofette on Jun 20, 2011
NBC home of Barbara Walters, Matt Lauer, Ann Curry, Brian Williams, David Letterman, Keith Olbermann, etc. All progressives. No NBC it was no accident!
posted by Randy on Jun 20, 2011
Anybody who believes this was an accident is a fool. If they are going to do something like this, they should own up to it. This lame excuse tells me they think we are all fools. NBC has been removed from my remote control. My TV will no longer stop on NBC channels!!!

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