It was obviously intentional and they only made the insincere apology because of complaints...
I imagine the guys that wrote the apology from NBC were all high fiving themselves at just how clever they were..
“When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.” - P. J. O’Rourke
“Socialism is great until you run out of someone elses money” Margaret Thatcher
Congress should apologize for have butchered the Pledge of Alligiance in the McCarthy era, when they turned "One nation, indivisible" into "One nation, under god" in the first place.
The nation was "indivisible", dammit. "Indivisible" for all of its citizens, not "under god" for just some of them. I've never forgiven the government for turning a pledge of national pride into a religious symbol.