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Costas: "I Gave The Audience Too Much Credit"

From Real Clear Politics:

Costas: "Mistake" To Give Anti-Gun Commentary During Football Game

December 4, 2012

NBC’s Bob Costas tells sports radio host Dan Patrick his anti-gun remarks on Sunday night were a mistake because 90 seconds wasn’t enough time for him to "flesh out" what he meant to say so he was completely understood.

Costas says he should have saved his comments for a different forum, rather than during halftime of Sunday’s NFL game, but did so because "this is when the Belcher situation had played itself out."

BOB COSTAS: And for a long time, I’ve been wanting to get off my chest my disgust with this idea that every time something tragic happens, no matter what it may be, that in any way touches sports, there’s a chorus of people saying, ‘You know, this really puts it in perspective.’ Which is a bunch of nonsense, because if that was true, we wouldn’t have to have that perspective readjusted every time the next tragedy occurs. It’s a bunch of nonsense.

And what I was trying to say was, that if you want some perspective on this, there are a number of issues related to this that we could begin to talk about and think about. The problem was that I didn’t have enough time to get to many of them. And that, I think, was my mistake, to be quite honest, Dan. A friend of mine in broadcasting pointed this out to me yesterday, and I agree with him. He said, ‘You violated your own rule.’ Because we have had this discussion before. I’ve always said, if you’re going to get into touchy topics, nuanced topics, make sure that you have enough time to flesh them out, that you have enough time to make yourself fully understood, or save them for forums where you do.

Why is a football analyst discussing touch topics, nuanced topics, in the first place?

In this particular situation, the timeliness of it was, if you’re going to comment on it at all, it had to be this Sunday. Because this is when the Belcher situation had played itself out.

So, I’m thinking I can’t address all of the possible aspects of this. Domestic violence; the possibility of athletes, especially athletes who play a violent sport are more prone to domestic violence than people the same age elsewhere in society.

Is this an established fact? Does it hold true for other violent sports, like Ice Hockey?

The possible connection between football and this particular tragedy. We know that football is connected, and it’s effects are connected to other situations. We don’t know yet whether it’s connected to Belcher, but that’s certainly a question that could be asked.

Costas couldn’t bring himself to use the ‘C Word,’ concussions. After all, that might jeopardize his high-paying job.

The easy availability of guns is another.

Belcher had a legal permit for the gun he used to kill his girlfriend. A gun permit is not easily available. And certainly not as available as the nearest blunt instrument.

And so I saw what Jason Whitlock had written and a portion of what he wrote resonated with me and given the time that I had, I thought that was one aspect that I could put out there and maybe, maybe I gave the audience too much credit, but I said if you’re looking for perspective, a bit of it could be found. And my implication there — with every second counting, I had maybe 50 seconds total for this — my implication was a bit of perspective, here’s one aspect of it. I also put in parenthetically that in the days ahead, Belcher’s actions, and their possible connection to football, will be analyzed. That was meant to imply there are many aspects of this, I’m addressing one by quoting what Jason Whitlock said in his column.

So I think that my mistake there was that I left it open to too much interpretation. (The Dan Patrick Show, December 4, 2012)

Don’t you love how liberals apologize? They always blame those who are offended for being too stupid to understand the nuance of their brilliants points.

But someone should try to explain to Mr. Costas that forks don’t make people fat. Knives don’t stab people. Cars don’t drunk drive themselves. Similarly, guns don’t sit around waiting to kill people.

In fact, a gun is a very useful tool if someone is trying to kill you. As we have mentioned, what other defense would Belcher’s girlfriend have had against him? If she had had a gun this nightmare would have ended with only one dead dead instead of two.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, December 5th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Costas: "I Gave The Audience Too Much Credit"”

  1. Mithrandir says:

    The Batman theater shooting, the Virginia Tech shooting, the Gabby Giffords shooting, or any other tragedy I always ask myself “What would have happened if any of those victims had a gun to protect themselves?” –leveling the playing field IS fair. Why should the criminals have all the power?
    Every time an off-duty police office guns down someone while a crime is in progress he/she is given a medal and a promotion for “quick thinking” but a private citizen is at risk for prosecution for the same action. (George Zimmerman)

    Perhaps Bob Costas should just shut his mouth if he isn’t well-versed enough in the English language to say what he means in the time he is allotted.

  2. Petronius says:

    Perhaps given sufficient time Costas might have been able to reconcile his lifelong support for the Irish Republican Army with his anti-gun stance.

    Although that position would seem to require a lot of fleshing out, and a substantial amount of nuance. Perhaps it’s a question best left for a different forum after all.

    What was it Orwell said about doublethink? About the power to hold two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously and accepting both of them, the power to tell deliberate lies while genuinely believing in them, to repudiate morality while laying claim to it, to forget any inconvenient fact while it is necessary to forget and then immediately to draw it back into memory again the very moment that it is needed?

    Also at play in this case is the sin of ignorantia affectata, a cultivated ignorance, a willful lack of knowledge designed to protect one from unpleasant truths or consequences, such as being deemed guilty of holding impure thoughts, or deliberately to turn one’s back on reality for sake of political correctness.

    Thus although Costas may be a militant anti-Protestant, it would be untoward for him to bring to mind the pathologies of certain other people, including their lack of impulse control, a propensity for sudden and unexpected violence, a streak of savagery, childlike reactions, an inclination to vibrate between extremes of happiness and sadness, a tendency for substance abuse, while blaming all of their life difficulties and failures on society, white racism, and “the man.”

    Yes, that’s my Liberal.

  3. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Hey Bob,

    There’s a thing about opinions you may have heard:

    “They’re like a**holes. Everybody’s got one and they usually stink.”

    What is it? Gotten bored with just talking about sports all the time? Tired of being shunned at journalist parties because, not only do you just report on sports, but you were never a jock yourself? And all the other journalists believe you have no real-world experience in anything (like them)?Is that what’s troubling you, Bob? Is that what has you by the boo-boo?

    You’ve got it down that the public is just too stupid to understand the point your were attempting to make, even though you flagrantly came out and blamed the gun in the first place. Gee, 90 seconds, in a football game, is a long time to provide “color” on the game and one skill a “color” guy has to have in abundance, is to get to the point quickly and directly. You know, like John Madden, who not only played the game but was one hell of a coach. But, well, you’re no John Madden, are you?

    Bob…there was also something I learned in the military: “Never miss an opportunity to keep your mouth shut” and if you respond with “But the people expect me to talk about it”, the answer is, “No, they don’t”.

    Most everyone I know who watches sports can’t stand you to begin with because you’re a little girlie-man to begin with and way back in the 70’s we could never figure out what you were doing being any kind of sports announcer to begin with. But now, if we want to watch a particular event, we’re often stuck with you. I turn the sound off when you’re on. And this is for two reasons. 1) your voice…it grates. 2) you spend as much time self-aggrandizing as you do discussing the game.

    In short, you’re annoying. You’ve always been annoying and you’re always going to be annoying. You’re where you are because you politicked your way to get there. You took those assignments no one else wanted, which on the one hand is creditable but the end result is still the same. You’re as much about your own (perceived) popularity as you are about sports and I’ll also mention that you’ve ruined sports-watching on television for a lot of years now….not just because of this stupid display of your self-righteousness but because you are an idiot.

    Sports athletes only sometimes appear superhuman. They are just like anyone else most of the time. You have aligned your hero-worship to people who couldn’t care less about you. The sooner you realize that, the sooner you’ll be able to move on to a different job.

  4. Astravogel says:

    Saw him on O’Rielly tonight. Whole thing reminded
    me of a softball game. Turned the whole thing off in
    the second inning.

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