In Pledge Rumpus, NBC = Network Be Chicken

Say, the NBC network really kicked the hornet’s nest when it opened its U.S. Open broadcast on Sunday with this video, eh?

Something was missing, though, as the Washington Post helpfully reported:

In a feature that preceded its coverage of Rory McIlroy’s march to victory in the U.S. Open, the words “under God” were omitted from a clip showing children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at a Washington, D.C. area school.

NBC apologized — the clip also omitted “indivisible” — with Dan Hicks reading a statement during play in the fourth round at Congressional: “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.”

And that was a lot of people, according to the Washington Times:

Disgraceful, pathetic, scumbags, offensive, outrage, incredible, “let’s boycott.” Those are just a few viewer reactions in the blog- and Twitter-sphere after NBC omitted the words “Under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance during a video montage aired during U.S. Open golf coverage Sunday, meant “to save time.” The network later apologized. Sort of.

But it’s already a cultural moment, generating news coverage and a Kansas City Star “NBC God Oops” poll, which found that 87 percent of the respondents framed the politically correct omission as “Blasphemy!” while 13 percent deemed it “simple mistake, take a mulligan.”

The New York Daily News had more:

“Why does mainstream America not trust media? Simple, you can’t get Pledge Allegiance right, why trust you to tell us anything else? #NBC,” Pastor Michael Catt posted on Twitter.

Here’s a better question: Why the hell was the Pledge of Allegiance in the NBC telecast at all?

The U.S. Open is not supposed to be played “under God.”

It’s supposed to be played under par, for God’s sake.

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