Anti-gun NBC anchor Bob Costas, the guy who infamously went on a rant about America's
gangster gun culture before the Super Bowl last year, wants the world to know that he isn't a hypocrite for utilizing armed security. Afterall, he argued yesterday during an interview on Fox News, he's never had a personal armed guard. More from AWR Hawkins:
On March 9th NBC's Bob Costas dismissed criticism of his having armed guards while disparaging "gun culture" by saying his guards were NBC and NFL security, not "personal" bodyguards.
He did this while being interviewed by Fox News's Howard Kurtz, who brought up Costas's December 2012 halftime criticism of "the NFL's gun culture."
Kurtz said, "You were accused of injecting politics into halftime, and Fox News's Greg Gutfeld said you were 'a hypocritical buffoon' because you're in New York, and you're surrounded by armed guards, and you don't have to worry about safety."
Costas responded, "In truth, Greg was accurate if you consider one-hundred-eighty degrees from the truth accurate. I have never had a personal bodyguard a single day in my life. There are security people at NFL games that the NFL employs, and there is always massive security at an Olympics, and there... is NBC security."
The problem with this explanation is that Gutfeld did not say Costas hired a "personal bodyguard." Rather, he said Costas "doesn't have to worry about being armed. People are armed for him."
It seems Costas isn't opposed to security, or a "gun culture" where he works. Armed security is apparently perfectly acceptable so long as someone works at NBC or in big NFL stadiums. The good news is, Costas admitted during his interview with Kurtz that he should have clarified in his rant the difference between law abiding American gun culture and NFL gun culture (you can read more about the difference here), but in the past Costas has smeared America's gun culture as being the problem, rather than acknowledging and distinguishing the real problem: a disrespect for firearms inside the NFL.
"There's gun culture int he United States which is corrosive."
"A gun culture in this country, now it plays itself out in many ways but it's a mentality about and toward guns that almost always leads to tragedy rather than safety."