Brent Bozell
We know the news flash: On Saturday morning, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend, then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and shot himself in the head in the parking lot in front of his coaches. To liberals like NBC sportscaster Bob Costas, this was not just a crisis. It was also an opportunity.

During the halftime of the Dec. 2 Sunday night game between Dallas and Philadelphia, Costas unfurled a wholly unexpected and condescending lecture about how gun owners who harm America with their "gun culture" never learn.

He began by saying he didn't want to hear "mindless" cliches about how this crime puts sports in perspective. Then Costas turned to Kansas City-based sports columnist Jason Whitlock, quoting how he found that our "gun culture" inevitably leads to senseless and violent confrontations. It is apparently alien to these pundits that a gun can save a life or defend a home. They only serve evil ends.

"Handguns do not enhance our safety," Costas quoted from Whitlock. "They exacerbate our flaws, tempt us to escalate arguments and bait us into embracing confrontation rather than avoiding it. In the coming days, Jovan Belcher's actions, and their possible connection to football, will be analyzed ... If Jovan Belcher didn't possess a gun, he and (girlfriend) Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today."

Right off the bat, a couple of observations:

1. Does the name O.J. Simpson ring a bell?

2. Had Nicole Simpson been carrying a gun, might she be alive today? Ditto Kasandra Perkins.

Two more observations:

3. Why do so many in the entertainment world believe they are qualified as polemicists?

4. Why can't we just watch football?

Really, who asked Bob Costas to offer his very one-sided "perspective"? When liberals get arrogant like this, they assume they speak for all humanity. It is not surprising that there was an uproar in response. People are fed up with liberal pontificating.

Costas on Tuesday replied it was a "mistake" to mention gun control on air Sunday because his choice of words "left it open for too much miscommunication." That alone was bad enough, because there was no miscommunication. What followed was a doubling down on arrogance.

He quickly snapped back at critics. "Sometimes the quality of those who oppose you speaks for itself," Costas said. "I was told -- I didn't see it -- that someone compared (the halftime segment) to blatantly racist comments."

Whoa. Rewind. Is this man a journalist? Who compared this lecture to racism?

Brent Bozell

Founder and President of the Media Research Center, Brent Bozell runs the largest media watchdog organization in America.
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