NBC’s video montage for the U.S. Open was, in fact, a lovely video package meant to provoke a strong, patriotic feeling on the part of viewers. But excluding specific words from the Pledge of Allegiance also was meant to convey something to viewers. The question remains: what?
Three hours into the event’s coverage, commentator Dan Hicks, perhaps revealing the volume of calls that deluged NBC’s telephone operators, interjected into his golf riff, “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.”
Plenty of Americans were offended.
As Dan Gainor, vice president of business and culture at the Media Research Center notes, “NBC has unquestionably committed an act of religious bigotry. … Removing ‘under God’ from the Pledge of Allegiance … was absolutely not accidental. It was brazenly deliberate. NBC’s pathetic apology did nothing but compound the offense by refusing to admit what they had done.”
If political correctness was behind the editing job, someone needs to let the folks in NBC’s editing suite know that, according to a recent Gallup poll, more than 90 percent of Americans still openly believe in God and seek his protection for our country.
But if Mr. Gainor is right - that religious bigotry is the cause - NBC’s apology is hollow without consequences for the people who went out of their way to make known their disdain for the values of their fellow Americans.