Who owns NBC? Let's see now:
[NBC] is currently part of the media company NBCUniversal, a joint venture of Comcast and General Electric. As a result of the merger, Zucker left NBC and was replaced by Comcast executive Steve Burke.
I think we can safely refer to them as the corporate media and not some "godless librul" organization. So. Corporate NBC aired a live broadcast of the U.S. Open, and started with some school children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
At the beginning of NBC’s Sunday broadcast of the final round of one of the four major golf tournaments in the world, an introduction aired that included images from the nation’s capital while the Pledge of Allegiance being recited by school children in the background. The problem: Conspicuously missing were the words “under God”. [...]
Later in the broadcast, one of the commentators apologized to viewers, but still managed to not say “under God”.
That's really a "problem" that called for an apology? The commentator explained it wasn't intentional and that "it was not done to upset anyone." I'm curious to know how many people would have even noticed had he not brought attention to it. And why did the article say "NBC omits" when, according to them, it was the kids? (I used their title in the blog headline)
And why did the Daily Caller comment on how the commentator "still managed to not say 'under God'"? Ohhh, I get it now. The on-air guys conspired with the dirty rotten Marxist hippie tots to de-god the United States at a major golf tournament! It was all a diabolical plot!
The Pledge of Allegiance didn't include the words "under God" until 1954. I'm still not sure why we have to actually pledge our allegiance to a flag, in unison, in the first place, but that's just me, and that's what we do.
Inadvertently omitting two words is not worth the 24/7 ginned-up controversy that this is bound to trigger. And if the children were taught to recite it that way for some reason, which they must have been since it was apparently a group omission (hence, intentional), you can only imagine the backlash. "Indoctrination!" the tea baggers will wail. Except these kiddies are no less patriotic than any others.
I hope I'm wrong, but I can just hear ClusterFox huffing and puffing and demanding all sorts of explanations and additional apologies from NBC, the kids, the school, the parents, Bill Maher, Glee, the Geico gecko, and anyone else they can think of... right now! Of course, they'll ultimately blame President Obama.