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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"To me, that is much much sadder & much more important than leaving 'under God' out of the Pledge - especially since not all Americans believe in the 'same' God or even in God at all."

ITA! Good point! Our country is so fractured right now, no one wanting to try to find a workable compromise or solutions/policies that work for more of our citizens, and less ideological warfare to dominate and only do things *one* way, religiously *or* politically, fostering disrespect, even hate, and arrogant disregard for others different from oneself. :| We need to move forward as a country to benefit all, let go of "my way or the highway" mentalities, and neither political side is willing to do so. Look "outside" the proverbial "envelope." Old hackneyed ways of looking at things no longer work. And holding onto them is killing our country, our economy and our freedoms. :O


Blessings,

Gypsy

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Sadly, whether it was their intention or just an oversite because it proceeded 'under God', at this moment in time, our country is 'divisble'. Pres. Obama came into office wanting to bring both sides together - to find a compromise. Neither side was willing to move enough. So, we still 'stand divided'. To me, that is much much sadder & much more important than leaving 'under God' out of the Pledge - especially since not all Americans believe in the 'same' God or even in God at all.

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Seems to me that the "key words" being bandied about in this thread were "under God" and some people had a fit about that not being there. Regarding "indivisible," not so much. I personally don't think that the "key words' in the Pledge are "under God," but "indivisible should be in there.
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Not sure what your point is here. It's the same thing, except in the actual title of the article, they neglected to mention that " under God" were not the only words omitted. There were other " key" words omitted as well such as indivisible.

I didn't interject my "opinion" as you are accusing me of so could you please explain exactly what you mean by your statement?

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Note poster edited to add own opinion in title of thread:

 


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<< To me being patriotic is supporting the same freedoms for everyone else that I want, and do enjoy, myself. And that includes supporting our soldiers, living and dead, who have fought for those freedoms for EVERYONE. >>

Exactly!

 

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I have no idea what you are talking about. You asked for clarification on something I posted, which I gave you, and you decided to start adding words to change the meaning of what I actually said. I'm not going there with you.
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You are right, there is no right position on this. You are not offended, others are offended. It all depends on ones personal beliefs. Those things cannot be measured against one another with a winner declared.
Clearly, NBC received enough backlash from viewers that they felt the need to apologize and apologize rather swiftly at that. They broadcast their apology during the event, which implies to me that they received an awful lot of negative feedback on their choice pretty quickly that they felt the need to do something immediately.

This is an issue that can be bantered around back and forth forever with no resolution. The pledge is the pledge. There is one version, not two. Free speech affords NBC to change the pledge, there is no law against it. Free speech also allows people to raise objection to the version they chose to air to the public. It would seem they chose the wrong audience for this version.
As for the change in 1954, Most of the population of the US only knows one version. I'm only making an assumption here, but most people, whether they hold strong beliefs in God or not don't see the need to change the pledge, however, if there are those that feel that the pledge is wrong to include "under God" or "indivisible" which was also eliminated by NBC then they should go the process of attempting to change the pledge. I don't know what that is, but I think that the majority are probably more traditionalist like me and see no need to change it and wouldn't want to see it changed.
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Well said. :)

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