NBC cut the words “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance in its lead-up to its coverage of the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club in Washington, D.C., an audacious and inexcusable unilateral kowtow to political correctness. Why did the network do it? What gave them the idea that NBC has the right to redact the official Pledge, as passed by Congress? Who are the arrogant idiots who would dare to do such a thing, and think they could get away with it?
Nobody knows, or at least, nobody is saying. The NBC brass, watching Twitter burst into flames with fully justified criticism, issued a classic non-apology apology, saying,
“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.”
“It was not done to upset anyone?” No, it was done because some deluded producer decided that it was time to change the Pledge to bring it in line with the anti-religious left that dominates the broadcast networks, especially this one. “Apologize to those of you who were offended by it”? If anyone isn’t offended by unauthorized cuts being made in the Pledge of Allegiance by Broadcast Big Shots, I don’t want to hear from them, frankly.
What’s next, NBC? Removing that upsetting stuff about bombs in “The Star Spangled Banner?” Changing the lyrics of “God Bless America” to “I Like America?” What’s going to rhyme with “From sea to shining sea” in your version of “America the Beautiful,” since “God shed his grace on thee” is politically incorrect…”Let’s have some wine and Brie?” “Excuse me while I pee?” “Stay tuned to NBC?” Will you be removing that troublesome Second Amendment from the Bill of Rights?
Just who the hell do you think you are?
Half-apology not accepted, NBC. We all know you shamelessly manipulate the news by unethical editing, selective reporting and raised eyebrows, but keep your meddling, bias-driven, under-educated, self-righteous, politically-correct mitts off the nation’s pledges, anthems, creeds, speeches and founding documents, no matter how much the fact that they have to share space with so many quaint, dumb people who still go to church on Sunday offends the anonymous, cookie-cutter drones you employ.
Rants aside, there needs to be some accountability for this outrageous conduct, and I speak as someone who thinks God has no business in the Pledge of Allegiance, and should never have been inserted into the original, God-less version. The viewing public has a right to know how this happened, what network policies, if any, were violated, and how we can be sure that the network won’t be making more changes in America’s literature and traditions to suit its slanted ideological views. We already know how to avoid being annoyed by future editorial choices “not done to upset anyone”: stop watching this increasingly irresponsible, incompetent, reckless, unprofessional, and arrogant network.