NBC omits "key" words from pledge before U.S. Open, issues apology.

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NBC omits "key" words from pledge before U.S. Open, issues apology.
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Sun, 06-19-2011 - 9:04pm
This is unbelievable.

http://sports.yahoo.com/golf/blog/devil_ball_golf/post/NBC-apologizes-for-omitting-under-God-from-ple?urn=golf-wp2901

Sun Jun 19 03:24pm EDT

NBC apologizes for omitting ‘under God’ from pledge before U.S. Open
By Jay Busbee

Follow Jay Busbee on Twitter at @jaybusbee.
Rory McIlroy has almost certainly drained all the drama out of the on-course play at the U.S. Open. But outside the ropes, NBC led off its telecast with an immediately controversial pre-taped segment. Listen to the pledge of allegiance that runs alongside the patriotic images, and later to the one that overlays video of previous U.S. Open winners:

In case it's been awhile since you said the pledge in elementary school, the first version left out the words "under God" and "indivisible." The second went even further, knocking out "one nation" as well.
The outcry on Twitter was immediate and almost universally negative. Perhaps this style was an artistic choice on the part of the segment producer, interweaving the pledge with military and golf-related sound bites, but the decision to leave out "under God" is a curious one at best, and a highly controversial one, without doubt.
Later in the telecast, host Dan Hicks read the following statement during coverage: "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 being here 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."
Of note: "under God" was not in the original pledge from 1892, which read, "I pledge allegiance to my Flag and the Republic for which it stands, one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all." The words "under God" were not added to the pledge until 1954, when President Eisenhower signed Congressional legislation to that effect into law.
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You mean like insinuating that people who don't recite the Pledge are disrespectful and aren't honoring our military people or our country? I seem to recall that happening, but not anyone mocking or ridiculing those who do recite the Pledge.
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((So then all those who learned the "Pledge" before 1954
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Where's the insinuation? I don't remember the reading anything that stated if one doesn't see it this way_______, it means they must see it that way_____
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As I read these posts I am dismayed by how often words, thoughts and statements have been assigned to posts that I have not read in them
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LOL! No kidding!
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That's really stretching.

Here's what keeps our country free--we do. By being informed, active, and concerned citizens. It's not the deaths of military men and women alone. In fact, most countries have armed forces but that doesn't make them either democracies or republics.

Jabberwocka

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sweetlyfe wrote:
Where's the insinuation? I don't remember the reading anything that stated if one doesn't see it this way_______, it means they must see it that way_____

Let's go back to the post I made:

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How many people do you know of who recite the pledge? Most of us learned it in childhood, but gave little thought to what it meant, if we had any clue whatsoever of its meaning! I sure didn't as a first grader, even though the elementary school was in the DoD network.

I have no problem with people who want to recite the pledge. The issue arises when it's obligatory or when people demand that it be done to suit their preconceptions.

But let's not automatically assume that omitting a certain part of the pledge somehow is a major impediment to being an upstanding, concerned and active citizen.

Jabberwocka

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((The issue arises when it's obligatory or when people demand that it be done to suit their preconceptions. ))

Where is this happening? No kids are forced to recite the pledge. In my DD's school, they are not forced to stand if they don't want to and I dont know of any cases where anyone was forced to do any of those things.

But that's not the issue, the issue is that for some unexplained reason, NBC decided to omit certain words....twice. They were bombarded with emails and twitters from angry viewers and issued an immediate apology, however, they still have not released any reasoning as to why they would do such a thing. As I said earlier, I am only speculating as to why they have such a problem with saying the words "under God". I cannot fathom why those words would be offensive to anyone.

Some have said that some people don't believe in God. That's fine. I don't believe in the Easter Bunny but there is nothing offensive about the words to me.

I just don't get it.
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and? one specific anecdote and it becomes applied to everyone? How does that work?

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