Skip to comments.Bob Costas and the Media Miss the Real Problem
Posted on 12/09/2012 5:12:43 AM PST by Kaslin
Bob Costas, an admitted ignoramus on the issue of the Second Amendment, chose halftime in a nationally broadcast football game to infect the world with his uneducated opinion on gun rights.
Speaking about Jovan Belcher, the NFL player who killed his girlfriend then committed suicide, Costas missed the point completely as did the equally ignorant sports columnist Jason Whitlock. It wasnt loose gun laws that sparked this tragedy. If anything, it had to do with how we treat celebrities.
Costas and Whitlock have the right to their opinions and the Democrat Media Complex has the right to amplify them. My problem wasnt with either of them having an opinion, opinions are like ignorant sports media every network has one my problem was with the immediate authority the Democrat Media Complex granted them both on the issue. People should have opinions, but uneducated ones should not be advanced by a media operating under the guise of informing the public.
Journalists were falling all over themselves seeking comment from them as if they knew something no one else did simply because those journalists think the same way. Much like an unknown, unaccomplished Georgetown law student named Sandra Fluke was granted gravitas by the media as an informed, accomplished, relevant activist simply because she agreed to participate in a Democratic press event on Capitol Hill about how strong, independent women need government to pay for their contraception, Costas became an expert on gun culture.
But was gun culture the problem here? Or celebrity culture? Most NFL fans probably never had heard of Javon Belcher before this incident. But the yes men, the people who suck up to celebrities to help them spend their money and have their fun, know who he was.
They make it their business to know. They attach themselves to the best high school and college athletes, then wait for the money to roll in. They try to stop the celebrity athlete from doing too much to compromise his earning potential. But beyond that, anything goes. After all, they arent called restraint men. Stars can go years without ever hearing the word no.
The singer Chris Brown knows what I mean. He recently got into a Twitter fight with a female comedy writer named Jenny Johnson. In the course of this war, Brown reverted to the misogynists security blanket making overt sexual comments that were nasty and violent in nature. None of this is out of the ordinary for Twitter I get nasty, threatening tweets regularly. Some people are simply incapable of disagreement or educated confrontation.
But most people arent famous and most people dont have Chris Browns past. As much as hes known for his music, Brown is known for beating his then (and apparently now) girlfriend, the singer Rihanna. Youd think it would occur to someone with that well-known past it might not be a good idea to engage in misogynistic behavior on Twitter when you can simply ignore it. Failing that, youd think at least once the people around him would advise him to pump the breaks on the misogyny in view of his past. But nooooo.
There are thousands of examples of celebrities acting in such a way that would have invited public scorn or shunning just a few decades ago. Think back on why we know who people like Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian are in the first place. Its not for accomplishment. The life story of Lindsay Lohan is one that should shame any parent, not have them trying to out-drink their kid while playing rock, paper, scissors to see who gets the last shot of Jägermeister before last call.
As celebrity has Jersey Shore-d from something earned to something given, the world has more yes men. The younger any level of celebrity is achieved, as in the case of Jovan Belcher, the less likely it is that star has ever been told no on anything. Just like children raised in a participation trophy culture who are unprepared for life in the competitive real world of business, people such as Belcher have no idea how to deal with real problems when they arise because theyve been insulated from so many of them by the people around them.
Obviously not every person has it in them to beat or murder their girlfriend, but it wasnt known to be in Brown or Belcher until they did it. And until they did it they probably walked up to and crossed many lines of societal norms many times we never heard of.
Bob Costas, Jason Whitlock or anyone else can blame whatever they like, but until we as a society stop elevating existing over accomplishment and celebrating people for spectacles that once were shunned, the actions of public figures will continue to shock
until they no longer do. Which is the real danger.
Sadly we make famous people into little gods.
Another problem with many of these professional thugs is that they are a one-trick pony. Affirmative action has guaranteed that.
I can hardly wait for tonight’s footsball halftime. I am sure Bob Costas will issue an impassioned plea to repeal the 21st Amendment to the Constitution.
Last week the 2nd, this week the 21st.
The real “elephant in the room” is BLACK CRIME and BLACK CULTURE
Unless "pump the breaks" is a rap-culture term of which the meaning is unclear to me, I assume the author meant "pump the brakes." I know what that means: he's showing his age!
The author seems to be implying that Chris Brown's recent Twitter comments might have a negative impact on his popularity. I think that's extremely unlikely. His fans know what he is, and it's what they would like to be, as well.
Not black culture as much as hyper-aggressive football culture. The shooter in this case was known as a vicious bully in high school. And much of the aggression training at high school, college, and in the NFL, turns many football athletes into anti-social thugs.
Exactly. I said that from the beginning: It isn’t guns, it isn’t head injuries. Wouldn’t we have been more surprised if a white NFL player did this?
It’s the culture. Google “The Color of Crime”- see the amazing difference in crime by race
I agree to a great extent, and it is traceable back to the sky high black illegitimacy rate, since children with two parents can be brought up in a “success” mode; but children of single parents are generally in a “survival” mode. This explains why the latter group (race indifferent) are 60% more likely to be criminal offenders.
But overlaid on *that* is aggression training, which makes a bad situation much worse.
I’m with you! I, too, can’t wait to see Costas at halftime tonight! In fact I think I will DVR it for future reference.
But, I’m not sure he will expound against the 21st, as he will be good and liquored up. I think he will use the arrest of a Dallas Cowboy for killing a team mate with his car (and stupidity) to call for the demise of culture because of internal combustion engines. After all, if there were no automobiles, Jerry Brown would be alive today! http://abcnews.go.com/US/dallas-cowboys-nose-tackle-joshua-price-brent-arrested/t/story?id=17914016
P.S. with much sarcasm!
The ignorance continues today on NBC Football Night in America. The disease of liberalism is unabated in the MSM.