A few weeks ago, during the U.S. Open (golf) championship, NBC aired an introduction in which a slightly edited Pledge of Allegiance was said…
As you can hear, the phrase “Under God, Indivisible” was omitted. Considering the word “indivisible” was also lost in the shuffle, it sounds to me like an honest mistake and not a deliberate attempt to get God out of the Pledge.
The commentators apologized on the air later that afternoon, calling it “an editing mistake.”
That’s an old story, though. Why rehash it?
(Are you sitting down? You’re gonna wanna sit down for this…)
NBC has again apologized for their mistake. This time, to the United States Congress.
I’ll repeat that.
NBC apologized to Congress for a mistake they made during a golf broadcast.
The letter, signed by Kyle McSlarrow, president of NBC Universal, comes in response to a complaint by 107 members of Congress alleging that a montage shown during coverage of the U.S. Open golf tournament obscured America’s religious heritage.
McSlarrow expressed regret over the segment, saying “a serious error in judgment was made by a small group of people. To be absolutely clear, this was not an ideological decision by the company and was not discussed with or approved by any senior NBC official.”
McSlarrow was basically forced to respond after Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) and Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC) sent him this angry letter (PDF) on behalf of themselves and 106 other members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus:
As Members of Congress, we are disturbed that the official Pledge of our nation was altered in this way. We live in a society where there are increasing efforts to remove all mention of religion from public life, and we remain dedicated to defending against such attempts. As a key player in shaping the national dialogue through various media outlets, we are interested to know what steps NBC has taken to prevent America’s religious heritage from being obscured in this manner. We request that you implement a policy to ensure that the Pledge of Allegiance is not altered in future broadcasts.
That’s American politics for you. Our nation is in huge economic trouble, and Congress is at a near standstill because the two parties can’t find a compromise regarding the debt ceiling… but when some people accidentally leave God out of the Pledge during a sports broadcast, they’ll not only work together, they’ll act with lightning fast speed.