If you were watching the U.S. Open this afternoon (like I was) you may have noticed something odd during NBC’s epic video introduction: while featuring a group of kids saying the Pledge of Allegiance, the network decided to cut out the words “under God” not once, but twice.
Here’s the very raw video. See if you can catch it:
It seems NBC has taken a cue from our president and his regular omission of “creator” from the Declaration of Independence.
The most ironic part is that the intro was talking about the “virtues” passed down from generation to generation. Apparently the one about honesty and truth — telling things like they are and not omitting whatever you don’t like — is getting skipped.
(H/T: Noel Sheppard at NewsBusters)
At 4:36 p.m. ET, NBC issued the following on-air pseudo-apology (rush transcript):
We began our coverage of this final round 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 would like to apologize to those of you who were offended by it.
Update: For more on NBC’s apology and to see video of the on-air apology click here.