Removing God… One More Time!

Posted by Larry Miller on June 20, 2011 under Why | Be the First to Comment

NBC stirred a firestorm of criticism when they thought they were putting together what was, to them, a patriotic segment for their golf coverage. The fact that they told us that it was not done to offend anyone indicates what they think about the average American. This may be more disturbing than if they had done it just to create controversy.

Once NBC was called on leaving out “under God” and “indivisible” they issued a limp-wristed apology.

“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.”

They knew what they were doing, and just thought no one would notice or care. The people at the network, like most of us, think everyone is like them. What they found out is that not everyone thinks like these network elites. After all, they see us as just simple schleps living in flyover country… slack jawed, knuckle dragging neanderthals who need their betters to select what news we see and then tell us what to think about it.

The president doesn’t recognize or consider divine guidance, so leaving out these “non-critical” words as they did is just falling into line with administration thinking by this once respected member of the formerly mainstream media. Then, they ran it during a golf broadcast.

Now, if I used their everyone-is-like-me thinking, I would say no one watches golf, it doesn’t matter. I mean, it’s not like they pulled this stunt on a NASCAR or NFL broadcast… or even a baseball game. But some people do actually watch these guys smack a ball around a beautifully manicured field. My apologies to those who like to watch golf, but to me, it’s like watching fishing or bowling. These are things you do, not watch, but that’s another story entirely.

Surprising to NBC was that within minutes word was flashing around the internet, and not much longer the segment was up on YouTube for all the world to see. The criticism rose to the level that just three hours after the airing, announcer Dan Hicks read the statement shown above.

The apology was just meant to get viewers to not be upset with them. There was no remorse for the blatant display of the gap between the northeastern elites and the average Americans. This is even more distressing than the editing error itself. It shows we cannot put confidence in much of anything they tell us because they see events through totally different eyes.

The other problem with this whole affair is that the network took this special occasion to create their version of a patriotic segment simply because they were playing near the nations’ capitol. It is ironic that they see this town as the center of national virtue and pride, when the reality is somewhat different. They just don’t understand that the real center is all throughout the heartland… stretching from coast to coast, where ever the spirit of America beats in the hearts of the citizens.

The good news is that the people spoke up and let NBC know about the error of their ways. The bad news is that there were not more people raising a fuss about this insult to our country and our Creator. We are, too often, wrapped up in our own little worlds. We are anesthetized by our sports and entertainment. Our couch potato lifestyle leads us to let the world pass us by, leaving the heavy lifting to others we hope will respond. It can be a pleasant euphoria… but a fatal one.

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