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NBC's Bob Costas Says Anti-Gun Commentary Was A "Mistake" (with audio)
RealClearPolitics ^ | December 4, 2012 | RealClearPolitics

Posted on 12/04/2012 2:40:56 PM PST by i88schwartz

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. 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. (The Dan Patrick Show, December 4, 2012)

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KEYWORDS: bobcostas; guncontrol
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1 posted on 12/04/2012 2:41:00 PM PST by i88schwartz
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To: i88schwartz

We need a national campaign to raise the awareness of Americans that murder is bad.


2 posted on 12/04/2012 2:43:12 PM PST by DManA
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To: i88schwartz
Bob Costas = Johnny one note jack ass leftist posing as a sports reporter.

Shut up and report the sports, Bob. Thank God for DVR's.

3 posted on 12/04/2012 2:44:42 PM PST by Lakeshark (!)
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To: i88schwartz

stick a sock in it, Bob.


4 posted on 12/04/2012 2:45:01 PM PST by smoothsailing
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To: i88schwartz

Well I give him credit for at least recognizing his error. Most people never do and much less say it to the public.


5 posted on 12/04/2012 2:45:19 PM PST by napscoordinator (GOP Candidate 2020 - "Bloomberg 2020 - We vote for whatever crap the GOP puts in front of us.")
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To: i88schwartz
"And what I was trying to say was,..."

Bob, if you cannot get your point across the first time, perhaps you should find another line of work, you ignorant jerk.

6 posted on 12/04/2012 2:45:24 PM PST by SparkyBass
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To: DManA

I think when the govt endorsed the murder of the pre-born and the pardoning of murderers, a significant segment of society devalued human life. That’s where we are today.


7 posted on 12/04/2012 2:45:33 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: i88schwartz

Bob Costas, have a nice cup of shut the fuc* up.

First, put down the hair dye, and pick up a football.

Second, you are a mentally ill liar. There is absolutely no proof whatsoever that if the killer did not have a gun, the victims would be alive. That is asinine and immature thinking. The VAST majority of domestic violence victims are not killed with guns.

Third, you are a disgusting piece of shit. The bodies were not even cold yet, and you try to use their deaths to further your own idiotic political agenda and opinions.

Seriously Bob Costas, go fuc*k yourself.

p.s.

Guns don’t kill people, bullets do.


8 posted on 12/04/2012 2:45:52 PM PST by Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh (I cling to guns and religion.)
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To: DManA
We need a national campaign to raise the awareness of Americans that murder is bad.

If it's bad, there oughtta be a law against it.

9 posted on 12/04/2012 2:46:57 PM PST by Graybeard58 (What G.O.P.e. candidate is in store for us in 2016?)
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To: i88schwartz

Perhaps it’s just me, but the headline here is wrong. Costas didn’t admit to making a mistake regarding his anti-gun rant. He is only saying the forum in which he made the comments was the wrong forum. He continues to believe his BS rant.


10 posted on 12/04/2012 2:46:57 PM PST by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: i88schwartz

Bob, I turned you off when you come on and I will continue to turn you off.


11 posted on 12/04/2012 2:47:08 PM PST by bmwcyle (Women reelected Obama)
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To: i88schwartz

The Left always do that. They say something and when they’re called on it they say “whoopsie, our bad” ...


12 posted on 12/04/2012 2:47:53 PM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: SparkyBass

Bob is a MSM icon and makes $5 million a year.
He’s a solid 1 percenter.
And I’m sure his accountant is always instructed to do his taxes without the “Bush” tax cuts.


13 posted on 12/04/2012 2:48:22 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: i88schwartz

He’s no Howard Cosell .. but he have it his best shot.


14 posted on 12/04/2012 2:49:05 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: i88schwartz; windcliff

Using Bob’s “reasoning” let’s examine the situation at hand. He wasn’t responsible. It was microphone that did it. We need STRICT microphone control.


15 posted on 12/04/2012 2:50:00 PM PST by I Drive Too Fast
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To: i88schwartz

You’re not a very good political commentator Bob.

And an even worse sports commentator...................


16 posted on 12/04/2012 2:50:05 PM PST by Red Badger (Lincoln freed the slaves. Obama just got them ALL back......................)
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To: i88schwartz

F Costas. You Fked Up, ‘pal’. Calling it ‘a mistake’ don’t even cover it.

Boycotting NBCsports and Sunday night game still on. Also the MLB network any program with you on.


17 posted on 12/04/2012 2:50:10 PM PST by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: i88schwartz
As Rush pointed out, Costa's problem is really the fact that he has a microphone.

If he had no microphone, he'd have no problem. Bob needs a microphone time-out.

18 posted on 12/04/2012 2:50:16 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: i88schwartz

Am so sick and tired of the crew at NBC sucking up to Obama and the left on so many things.

Enough of that network...I don’t watch much tv anymore, and never watch NBC...nothing on but trash...turn the set off.

There’re too many good books I haven’t read.


19 posted on 12/04/2012 2:50:31 PM PST by kjo (+)
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To: smoothsailing
Beat you by 19 seconds....

:-)

20 posted on 12/04/2012 2:50:59 PM PST by Lakeshark (!)
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To: Sir Napsalot

Don’t think Bob would admit it was ‘a mistake’ if the strong backlash is not there.


21 posted on 12/04/2012 2:51:44 PM PST by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: i88schwartz

Hope it was such a mistake that he will be added to the number of unemployed. Media, keep your mouth shut unless you are qualified express an opinion which most are not.


22 posted on 12/04/2012 2:52:25 PM PST by YukonGreen
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To: Bronco_Buster_FweetHyagh
Bronc, You need to go a little easier on Bob Costas. It is not his fault. It was the MICROPHONE that caused his rant. Poor Bob is just an innocent pawn of the microphone culture. If he did not have that microphone, he would still be a viable spots announcer.
what this country needs is microphone control.
23 posted on 12/04/2012 2:54:17 PM PST by Tupelo (Hunkered down & loading up)
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To: Graybeard58

Naw, If we raise awareness we’re good.


24 posted on 12/04/2012 2:54:17 PM PST by DManA
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The immediate reaction to the murder was to blame the weapon effectively excusing the perp of the crime committed. Glossing over the crime of murder is very troubling.


25 posted on 12/04/2012 2:54:21 PM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: i88schwartz
And what I was trying to say was, that if you want some perspective on this...

We don't want your perspective on this, you twit. You've got nothing to say. Just shut up and tell me something I don't know about sports... As if.

26 posted on 12/04/2012 2:56:11 PM PST by LibWhacker
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To: i88schwartz

He is a sports reporter ! REPORT SPORTS Who the H*** cares what his political or cultural opinions are? If the network had any guts there fire his butt for putting his mouth in topics where it doesn’t belong.


27 posted on 12/04/2012 2:56:29 PM PST by johnd201 (johnd201)
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To: napscoordinator

Well I give him credit for at least recognizing his error. Most people never do and much less say it to the public.

Oh come now you can not be that easily fooled.
His error was in thinking we all thin k like he does. Because of all the blowback (pun intended) he is now trying to make excuses.


28 posted on 12/04/2012 2:56:55 PM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: i88schwartz

Since Costas and Katie Couric decided they had to explain why the Greeks weren’t booing us at the Olympics in Athens I have not listened to anything either of them has to say. My Dashund displays more intelligence which ain’t much.


29 posted on 12/04/2012 2:57:38 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Superciliousness is the essence of Obama)
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To: i88schwartz

then he shoudl go on TV prime time and say he;s sorry he got it wrong


30 posted on 12/04/2012 2:57:38 PM PST by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: i88schwartz
Here's perspective, Bob:

Players, fans and journalists were praising and memorializing and paying tribute to a cowardly punk who murdered the defenseless mother of his own child.

Why would they do this?

If Jovan Belcher were a Waffle House cook and did this, no one in the media or in the general public would be mourning his loss, looking for scapegoats besides the murderer himself, talking fondly about how the murderer was such a wonderful colleague at work, etc.

31 posted on 12/04/2012 2:58:30 PM PST by wideawake
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To: i88schwartz

“I’m sorry you’re all too stupid to understand my brilliant insights.”


32 posted on 12/04/2012 3:00:03 PM PST by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

I’ve had meatloaf with more brains and comonsense that that Costas twerp.


33 posted on 12/04/2012 3:02:32 PM PST by carriage_hill (Don't whiz on the electric fence. Awwwww-yeah!)
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To: DManA
NBC's Bob Costas Says Anti-Gun Commentary Was A "Mistake"

No he didn't...he simply said he "didn't have enough time" to spew more of his/NBC's oral diarrhea.

FU BC/NBC

34 posted on 12/04/2012 3:04:53 PM PST by RckyRaCoCo (I prefer liberty with danger to peace with slavery, IXNAY THE TSA!)
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To: i88schwartz

I understood him well enough!


35 posted on 12/04/2012 3:05:44 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment,a Matter of Fact,Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: i88schwartz

And that my friends shows what an ignoramous he is. Hey little man. Don’t preach to ME about guns. Grew up with them a with father brother uncles cousins. Funny. They never murdered anyone!!!! Hope you lose your job. As I said. Don’t presch to ME YOU LITTLE TROLL !!!!


36 posted on 12/04/2012 3:06:20 PM PST by cubreporter
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To: Slings and Arrows

Apology of the week. Seems like you hear folks saying one thing then taking it back. Life living in the goy plantation.


37 posted on 12/04/2012 3:06:38 PM PST by eternity (I like IKE)
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To: Slings and Arrows

You nailed it!


38 posted on 12/04/2012 3:06:52 PM PST by Fair Paul
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To: napscoordinator

His mea culpa, such as it is, is that he didn’t have enough time to pontificate further, not that he shouldn’t have brought up his self-righteous screed at all.

Maybe the problem is that this country is too addicted to its sports. We raise up athletes who use their God-given talents to good effect, treat them like demigods, then pay them ungodly amounts of money. And, to make matters worse, we pay otherwise useless people to tell us what it is we are watching.


39 posted on 12/04/2012 3:07:45 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: DManA

lol

seriously thought, this guy needs to be unemployed


40 posted on 12/04/2012 3:08:10 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: i88schwartz

Hank Williams Jr was fired for less.....


41 posted on 12/04/2012 3:08:22 PM PST by JouleZ (You are the company you keep.)
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To: i88schwartz

Hey, does anyone remember that retired football player who murdered his ex-wife and an innocent bystander with a knife? Who was that again? Oh yeah, it was OJ Simpson, Bob Costa’s long time studio colleague.

I’m wondering, did Bob, (who knew the killer more intimately than he knew this KC linebacker), speak out against the use of knives?


42 posted on 12/04/2012 3:08:49 PM PST by Jaguarmike
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To: SparkyBass

“And what I was trying to say”

Don’t you just hate that? We hear it all the time from liberals. If they are the smartest people in the world, why can’t they be more articulate? Someone is always having to reinterpret them, or have do-overs.. Truth is, their mouths overload their a—es, then they twist their comments with “what I or they meant to say.”


43 posted on 12/04/2012 3:10:46 PM PST by Toespi
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To: nascarnation

Well said..too bad that Costas hadn’t used your words.


44 posted on 12/04/2012 3:14:46 PM PST by sanjuanbob
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To: i88schwartz
IOWs if he had had the time he would have gotten around to mentioning the
Culture of Sports and how it encourages so much criminal behavior. Right, Bob?
45 posted on 12/04/2012 3:14:59 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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..The Midget thought he’d put on the brown shirt and get a few feathers in his Odungo cap...but it backfired and the higher ups got flak, so he had to go out and “explain” how being a midget libtard has it’s bumps in the road.


46 posted on 12/04/2012 3:16:17 PM PST by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: napscoordinator

You believe that was an honest apology?


47 posted on 12/04/2012 3:17:25 PM PST by wastedyears (I don't want to live on this planet anymore.)
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To: i88schwartz
Our current gun culture simply ensures that more and more domestic disputes will end in the ultimate tragedy, and that more convenience-store confrontations over loud music coming from a car will leave more teenage boys bloodied and dead.

What I believe is, if he didn’t possess/own a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.

Oh, so now Costas is telling us that we're the idiots who simply didn't understand what he said, huh?

Just another Liberal non-apology, "apology".

48 posted on 12/04/2012 3:18:10 PM PST by Obadiah (How do you know that the light at the end of the tunnel isn't a muzzle flash?)
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To: i88schwartz

Costs is a noisy runt lacking in brains, facts or relevant experience. He thinks he’s smart because he can read other peoples’ words as well as a clever eighth grader can.


49 posted on 12/04/2012 3:18:21 PM PST by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: DManA
We need a national campaign to raise the awareness of Americans that murder is bad.

and wrong.

50 posted on 12/04/2012 3:18:42 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpAOwJvTOio)
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