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NBC Apologizes for Omitting ‘a Portion’ of the Pledge of Allegiance

By Doug Powers  •  June 19, 2011 07:19 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Which portion was edited out… twice? You probably guessed it already.


NBC on Sunday decided to cut the words “under God” from the reading of the Pledge of Allegiance that accompanied the beginning of its coverage of the U.S. Open Golf Championship.

In fact, this happened twice during the show’s introduction…

NBC must have gotten a few calls from people who didn’t like the omission, because three hours later an on-air apology was issued without mentioning what was omitted:

NBC ANNOUNCER: We began our coverage of this final round just about three hours ago. When we did, it was our intent to begin our coverage of this US Open championship wiht a feature that captured the patriotism of our national championship, 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.

They should have said, “sorry, we accidentally used Harry Reid’s version” and it would have been a little more understandable.

The opening segment is first followed by the apology:


Defenders of NBC are reminding people of the fact that “under God” wasn’t added to the Pledge until 1954, which everyone should consider and acceptable excuse… provided the above segment aired during The Dennis Day Show.

Talking about “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance is one of the few ways to get select media progressives to long for early 1950’s America.

**Written by Doug Powers

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