NBC drew harsh criticism and backlash when the words “under God” was omitted from the Pledge of Allegiance in its leadup to the U.S. Open coverage at the Congressional Country Club. What U.S. citizen does not know the Pledge of Allegiance? And in these crazy times, we can’t afford to take God out of anything else.
So here’s how it went down: The network opened its broadcast with a montage that included children reciting the pledge, but the words “under God” and “indivisible” were omitted.
The backlash via online social media networks such as Twitter went viral and some tweets even called for a boycott of NBC.
The omission in the Pledge of Allegiance had NBC issuing an on-air apology Sunday during the U.S. Open.
“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,” announcer Dan Hicks told viewers. “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.”
Edit what you must but never take God out the Pledge of Allegiance–this country was founded on the principles of God…a no-brainer…God Bless America.