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NBC Apologizes for Omitting 'Under God' From Pledge During U.S. Open Broadcast

Published June 19, 2011

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BETHESDA, Md. -- NBC issued an on-air apology Sunday for omitting the words "under God" from the Pledge of Allegiance during its coverage of golf's U.S. Open.

The words were edited out of a clip of children reciting the oath -- a move immediately noted by viewers, who took to Twitter and various blogs to voice their anger, the Huffington Post reported.

In a statement during the broadcast, NBC commentator Dan Hicks said, "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.

"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."

The words "under God" were not in the original pledge from 1892 and were not added until 1954.

While this was going on, Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy romped to an eight-shot win to claim his first major title with a record-low 72-hole score of 16-under par at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/06/19/nbc-apologizes-for-omitting-under-god-from-pledge-during-us-open-broadcast/#ixzz1PrCYLneJ


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Does a topic need to be something just short of a nuclear war(Big Dog/Duncan) in your eyes to merit a discussion?

I wish they would explain why they edited it out.

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It was tennis. Someone was watching? Tennis? And this is what they complain about?

Edit...sorry, Golf. Comment remains unchanged.

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Does a topic need to be something just short of a nuclear war(Big Dog/Duncan) in your eyes to merit a discussion?

I wish they would explain why they edited it out.

No, but you have to be able to sift actual news from utter guff. This is guff.

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Does a topic need to be something just short of a nuclear war(Big Dog/Duncan) in your eyes to merit a discussion?

I wish they would explain why they edited it out.

Sounds like two possibilities:

1. Not wanting to offend viewers that were also atheists.

2. Time constraints on the clip.

Given that not that many tennis or golf viewers are atheists, going by stereotype- of course, I'm going to go with option 2. How about you? No big deal.

Why is it worthy of your attention?

There's no problem in him wanting to pay attention to that- its his time, let him waste it as he sees fit.

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Sounds like two possibilities:

1. Not wanting to offend viewers that were also atheists.

2. Time constraints on the clip.

Given that not that many tennis or golf viewers are atheists, going by stereotype- of course, I'm going to go with option 2. How about you? No big deal.

I was really bothered by what they did to the pledge.

I was even more bothered that the course didn't seem up to the standards I expect from a US Open.


 

 

 

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I was really bothered by what they did to the pledge.

I was even more bothered that the course didn't seem up to the standards I expect from a US Open.

:lol: I take it you play golf or do you just snooze through it on TV?

I saw the clip and it seemed like an edit job to include parts of it, much like you could hear parts of the Declaration of Independence voiced over on a clip without the entire script being played. It doesn't seem like anything intentional was done, but I suppose a listener at times will hear what they want to hear.

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