NBC Sports hits a new low
On tonight’s half time show, Bob Costas took the entirety of his weekly bit of canned moralizing to quote approvingly from a Jason Whitlock article on the murder suicide of Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher (who shot his girlfriend, then drove to the Chiefs’ facility and shot himself, leaving behind a 3-month-old daughter), citing as the cause of the crimes the availability of handguns, essentially demonizing those who somehow manage — amazingly! — to own handguns, keep them in their homes or on their person to protect themselves and their families, and never ever shoot their girlfriends before shooting themselves and leaving behind an orphaned daughter.
Frankly, I was shocked but not terribly surprised. What so disgusts me, however, is that NBC decided to use this tragedy to preach what is essentially a cheap and easy political message to a football audience — and they decided to do so in a way that was completely one-sided, and based in nothing but strained emotionalism and topical expedience.
Worse still, I bet Costas and his producers think themselves brave for having engaged in what is nothing more than a bit of hamfisted propaganda.
– As if the officious moral preening of some cosmopolitan coastal coward does anything other than exploit the female victim, forgive the murderer, and blame some aspect of the “culture” for a tragedy that, among the overwhelming majority of gun owners, never happens. Ever.
If I thought like Costas and Whitlock, right now I’d be calling for a ban on microphones and Word Processing software.
Absolutely repulsive. Spit.