Tony Katz
Bob Costas, just a few days after giving a cultural soliloquy during a halftime break regarding the murder/suicide of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, and the need to eradicate our society from guns, has managed to continue his elitist climb, claiming that the "audience" is to blame for the follow-up brouhaha about his comments.

Like a good elitist, Costas is blaming his audience.

On the Sunday broadcast between the Cowboys and the Eagles, while quoting and paraphrasing an anti-guns creed from sports writer and wannabe 2nd Amendment Bon Vivant Jason Whitlock, Costas stated (amongst other things):

If he [Belcher] didn't possess/own a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins [the girlfriend] would both be alive today.

The problem here is two fold. First, Costas is clearly wrong. Belcher was 6'2" and weighed 228 pounds. He didn't need a gun to kill, he needed a horribly warped mind and some deep rooted trigger. In Wyoming, a man killed his father at a community college with a bow and arrow, then stabbed himself. A horrifying murder/suicide.

Didn't hear about it? That's because it doesn't fit the meme of a run-amok mainstream media. Only guns can kill. Everything else is proclaimed to be "not newsworthy."

Second, Costas, feeling the heat that comes from denigrating the 2nd Amendment and dissing the millions of law abiding gun owners in America, came out with an apology....kind of.
He stated that: (emphasis mine)

Maybe I gave the audience too much credit , but I said, ‘if you’re looking for perspective, a bit of it can 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,” he also said. “My mistake there was that I left it open to too much misinterpretation.”

The audience is to blame? The audience wasn't smart enough to "get it?" Why are the shameful rantings of Costas the fault of the audience? You never hear a comic blame the audience for not laughing. I mean, I guess you could, but then they wouldn't be a comic, now would they? They'd be your drunk uncle on Thanksgiving wondering why no one like his "pull my finger" routine.

Tony Katz

Tony Katz is a radio talk show host, writer, public speaker and cigar enthusiast. His show can be heard on 93.1FM WIBC in Indianapolis, and at