Today, the final round of the U.S. Open was held at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. Since the course has long been favored by political elites, NBC decided to do a patriotic introductory segment. Usually, the network does a Father’s Day homage since the tournament is coincidental with that holiday. I’ll bet they wish they had done that this year as well.

As part of the tribute to our nation, NBC decided to have a class of children reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Although the segment seemed to last about 10 minutes, NBC decided to cut the Pledge after the phrase ‘one nation’.

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According to a statement read by one of the golf commentators, Dan Hicks, ““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.”

First of all, I hate this method of apologizing and wish we could go back to the old method. Here would be how they could have said they were sorry. ‘We left out part of the National Anthem in the interest of time. We’re regret this.’ See, now the onus is on the person or network who offended, rather than the oversensitive louts who were barraging them with e-mails.

Second, I’m not real good at judging motivations. However, somebody at NBC had to recognize that a portion of their viewers would be concerned about eliminating the phrase. Somebody else at the network had to realize that it has had a public relations problem for a while now with some people concerned that NBC is tilted to the left. Couldn’t these two people have spoken to each other?

Anyway, here’s the offending video: