NBC Apology – Are They Really Sorry?
After omitting “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance last month in NBC’s opening segment of the U.S. Open championship broadcast, the President of Comcast and NBC Universal has taken the step of issuing a formal apology to members of Congress in writing.
Part of the letter read that the “small group of people” that were involved made a “serious error in judgement” and have been “reprimanded” as reported on Fox News.
The editing of the pledge caused a firestorm among government officials and the general public with many that feel NBC didn’t do enough to make amends despite a half-hearted apology later on in the broadcast.
It makes you wonder what it takes to get fired at NBC as this small group of individuals who altered our nation’s Pledge of Allegiance and then broadcast the incomplete pledge to millions of viewers were able to retain their jobs with a mere “reprimand”.
Apparently NBC is willing to write a letter of apology to Congress but has not yet re-broadcast the full Pledge of Allegiance on air or give the group of pledge modifiers their pink slips. If NBC truly feels the incident was “not an ideological decision by the company” as stated in the letter by President Kyle McSlarrow, then either of the scenarios above will make that point better than a letter of apology.