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

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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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Registered: 11-27-2009
I could offer a very similar anecdote, but it wouldn't mean that it applies to everyone that declines to say the pledge or include "under God". I work in a high school, I see a lot of disrespect during the pledge, which no one is required to stand for or recite. Disrespect for the flag and the pledge and all that they resemble, as well as disrespect for the people choosing to recite the pledge. I have also seen kids that decline to recite the pledge not be disrespectful while those that choose to participate.
All that said, I can not apply this to any entire population nor can anyone else that is reading it.
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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?***

Well, isn't this kind of what's happening to NBC? Being forced, pretty much, to issue an apology for not reciting it the 1954 Knights of Columbus version.



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Registered: 05-03-2011
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Are you a captive audience almost every single day with regard to the Easter Bunny?

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I don't get why God has to be put into everything and if God is not, people get freaked out.
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Registered: 05-03-2011

"so many" repeated. That's how that works.

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Registered: 05-03-2011
Yep.
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((Being forced, pretty much, to issue an apology for not reciting it the 1954 Knights of Columbus version))

So, all of a sudden it's the "Knights of Columbus version" after being recited that way without any issue for 57 years? Strange. Nobody forced NBC to do anything. However, when NBC chooses, for what ever reason, to do something that many will find offensive, they will have to bear the responsibility for their actions.
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((I don't get why God has to be put into everything and if God is not, people get freaked out.))

God is not put into everything. In fact, over the years, God has pretty much been removed from everything.
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Registered: 11-27-2009
Were they forced? My understanding is they chose to issue an apology in response to the amount of phone calls and other communications they received from viewers complaining. I don't know that I would consider that forcing but responding to a mistake in judgment to air the pledge without 'indivisible, under God' in it. I'm going to assume that whoever made the decision to air it didn't expect the reaction.
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Registered: 01-25-2010

Back to the future and the original!!

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Registered: 05-03-2011
Like what?

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