Even something like the U.S. Open golf tournament held in Washington, D.C. this weekend isn’t immune from the perils of political correctness.
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”:
I pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands with liberty and justice for all.
(Jon Stewart on MSM: Fox agenda-driven but ABC, CBS, NBC, NY Times are not)
Later in the broadcast, one of the commentators apologized to viewers, but still managed to not say “under God”:
Earlier 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 that were offended by it.