NBC led off its U.S. Open telecast with a pre-taped segment of the pledge of allegiance edited with patriotic images. There were 2 versions of the "pledge" within the NBC produced video.
The problem, controversy and outcry were that NBC left out the words "under God" and ""indivisible" in the 1st version. The 2nd version went even further and left out "one nation" as well. There was an immediate outcry on Twitter that was almost universally negative and forced NBC to make one of those ridiculous generic apologies.
NBC had host Dan Hicks read the following statement later in the telecast...
"It was our intent to begin our coverage of this U.S. Open championship with a feature that captured the patriotism of our national championship being here 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."
Total CRAP apology from NBC - What's wrong with these people?
NBC edits programming constantly, 24 -7. It's an integral part of any programming show. Editors look at every word to determine what exactly to edit out. The pledge of allegiance is not that long .... and you choose to edit out "under God" and "indivisible" and "one nation" - ALL 3 references. And then NBC refers to "under God" as just "a portion" of the pledge.