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   Myself and many others were very upset because NBC left out “Under God” from the pledge so I sent this reminder to NBC communications about how the Pledge should be said and the right way to say it. Two hours later I got a response from Chris McCloskey Vice President of NBC Communications.


Reminder to NBC…..This is the way it goes….


The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.


“I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation UNDER GOD, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”, should be rendered by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. When not in uniform men should remove any non-religious headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Persons in uniform should remain silent, face the flag, and render the military salute.”



Mr. McCloskey replied……..Thank you for writing regarding your concern over the beginning of our U.S. Open coverage on Sunday. We are aware of the distress this has caused many of our viewers and are taking the issue very seriously.
Unfortunately, when producing the piece – which was intended to
capitalize on the patriotism of having our national championship played
in our nation’s capital – a decision was made by a small group of people
to edit portions of the Pledge of Allegiance.


This was a bad decision.


As soon as management became aware of this decision and the controversy
it justifiably created, it immediately took steps to correct it
resulting in an on-air apology provided by NBC Sports’ lead golf
commentator Dan Hicks.
It was not the intent of NBC to upset anyone and we sincerely apologize
to anyone who was offended.
Thank you again for taking the time to voice your concerns.


Chris McCloskey
Vice President, Communications
NBC Universal Sports & Olympics



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