Category: NBC

NBC and its ‘godless’ U.S. Open

Had I watched the U.S. Open over the weekend, I might have seen the little patriotic montage that NBC ran. But I doubt I would have noticed what seems to have upset a lot of people — the scenes were pieced together in a way that skipped the phrase “under God” when the Pledge of Allegiance was being recited by some children. Skipped it twice, actually. And also skipped “indivisible” once. Personally, I’d just call it sloppy editing. After all, why would you repeat part of the pledge?

I’m rather amused by the big flap this is causing because I thought it was pretty obvious there was never any intention to include the entire pledge. I’m also secretly delighted to see all the fundies get bent out of shape. (I can’t help it; it’s one of my few character flaws.) What many of them may not realize is that “under God” wasn’t always in the pledge. I’m actually old enough to remember when it was added (1954) and even as a child, I resented it. I was always proud to pledge allegiance to my flag and country, but I was not about to pledge allegiance to a religious entity; that was unconstitutional. (To this day I don’t say “under God” when everyone else does. That’ll teach ’em!)

Anyway, one blog humorously suggested that NBC’s editing was what allowed a foreigner to win the Open. More serious comments contend it was a deliberate effort by NBC to advance the liberal point of view. NBC apologized, of course, but we’ll never really know, will we? Maybe it was part of a vast left-wing conspiracy …

NBC opens Olympics with death video

Launching its coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremonies this evening,  NBC took the low road.

In the first ten minutes of an eagerly awaited family television event, during the dinner hour, NBC ran the video of Nodar Kumaritashvili’s fatal luge crash. Twice.

I was absolutely appalled. Not an hour before, I’d been on the phone with my son, reminding him to have the TV on so my grandchildren, ages 4 and 7, could enjoy the pageantry of the Opening Ceremonies.

The death today of one of the Olympic athletes has cast a pall over the entire event; no one is going to forget what happened. And I’m sure the young man will be remembered appropriately and often during the Opening Ceremonies and the days of competition that follow.

NBC could have spoken of the tragedy and remembered the 21-year-old with film of one of his earlier runs. Something tasteful and dignified. Maybe some pictures of him smiling and enthusiastic, remembering how he lived, not how he died. There were so many options. But running the actual video of his fatal crash, when even the cable news channels had treated it very gingerly all afternoon, was a terrible, terrible lapse of judgment.