Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Coats Wants Answers from NBC



Dan Coats, who seemingly has mostly slept through his first few months in office as Indiana's Junior Senator, suddenly has decided to take a position on something: NBC's decision to omit the words "Under God, Indivisible" from the Pledge of Allegiance in the intro of Sunday's coverage of the U.S. Open golf tournament.

Many people are upset, and, frankly, I am too. I think it was a silly and perplexing decision by NBC to do it. It was extremely unfortunate, but it was the right of NBC to air it that way. In America, we believe in the First Amendment. I defend the right of NBC to air the piece they did, but I certainly wish they would have put the full pledge in.

Coats is demanding an explanation from NBC and, according to WISH-TV's Jim Shella, assurances that it will not happen again in the future.

If I were NBC, I would simply ignore his request. The peacock network issued an apology on the telecast. It should not have to answer to the grandstanding Dan Coats on this one.

As for Senator Coats, if he truly wants to pursue an explanation further, perhaps he should take a look at the First Amendment. It provides all the explanation necessary.

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