Skip to comments.Bob Costas Missed the Point
Posted on 01/28/2013 1:40:03 PM PST by Kaslin
RUSH: Now, yesterday afternoon I'm minding my own business. What was I doing? I think I was reading. I got an e-mail from Howie Kurtz, our old buddy. He used to be at the Washington Post, and I think he's at the Daily Beast now.
He also has this show Reliable Sources at CNN and Howie said, "I don't know if you were watching," and I wasn't. "But Bob Costas was on my show today, and Bob Costas brought your name up just out of the clear blue. I didn't bring it up. Costas brought your name up on this gun control business," and he sent me the transcript of what Costas said. I looked at it, and I said, "Well, that's not what I said." So I wrote Howie back, and I said, "Look, it's a real fine point, it's a narrow distinction, but it's not what I said."
Howie said, "I know, I know. We played what you really said at the top of the segment. I just wanted you to know in case you hadn't seen it," and I hadn't seen it. So I thanked Howie for letting me know. It was Reliable Sources. Howard Kurtz, talking to Bob Costas, said, " Do you think that in the wake of the horrifying Newtown tragedy, the country is having the debate about guns, that perhaps you hoped to stimulate a little bit with what you did on Sunday Night Football?"
COSTAS: Rush Limbaugh said that I was merely echoing what my NBC bosses wanted me to say because of the MSNBC connection. It's perceived as a liberal network. The problem with that is, it's 100% false and was based on no knowledge that he had of any kind. In fact, the president of NBC Sports, Mark Lazarus, is a gun owner and a hunter. I wrote what I wrote. They knew it was gonna go on the air because they had to know what it was for time. They had not so much as a comma's input into what I said, nor did they encourage me to say it.
RUSH: And I never said they did. Let's reset the table. Minor point. What happened was, Costas did his commentary on Sunday Night Football after the Jovan Belcher, Kansas City Chiefs player murder/suicide. It was no surprise to me. I know Bob, and I know how he feels about these social issues. It wasn't any surprise to me, and I wasn't really talking about him. People started asking me, "Why did he do it?" and then the question after, "Why did he do it?" was, "Why was he allowed to do it?" That was the big question: "How come he's allowed to do it and people like you can't?"
I said, "He's allowed to do it because his bosses at NBC agree with him." I didn't say they wrote it. I didn't say they asked him to say it. I didn't say they had any input in it at all. All I said was, the reason there's no problem with it at the network level is that the people at NBC agree with what he said for the most part. People were asking me about it because certain people are allowed to inject their politics in sports, and other people aren't. If you're a good liberal in good standing, you can inject your politics into sports all day long, be it racial politics or guns or taxes or any other social issue.
If you are a conservative, all hell breaks loose. Whereas Bob Costas is said to be courageous and brave for weighing in on this. Had a conservative had that commentary slot and said something just the opposite like, "The guns were not the problem," all hell woulda broken loose. "What the hell is that doing in a game? We're here to watch football! We don't want to be preached to." People were asking me, "How come there wasn't any criticism of Costas?" All I said was, "Because his bosses agree with it." I never said that they wrote it; I never said that they asked him to say it or ordered him to say it or anything of the sort.
RUSH: In fact, here's exactly what I said. This is December 3rd, 2012, from the archive at RushLimbaugh.com: "A lot of people sent me e-mails and texts, 'How come Costas gets to express his opinion during halftime of Sunday Night Football?' And I said, 'The answer's simple, because that's the opinion of his bosses. He gets to express the opinion because it's what NBC thinks. It's what his friends at HBO think. It's what the left believes,'" and I repeated it word-for-word the next day. I wasn't even that critical. I didn't even bring the thing up. As I say, it was not that big a deal to me because it wasn't a surprise, but I was inundated with people asking me the question.
I don't know why he thinks that I said his bosses made him do it or wrote it for him or any such thing.
That was never the intimation.
Is it sad that I daydream about having a conservative mainstream media and academic elitists that shoves their very conservative political beliefs and values down the throat of liberals for decades and decades and decades?
NBC has a full court press on liberal indoctrination.
That’s why they purchased Weather Channel, to evangelize on “climate change”.
shove not shoves
throats not throat
I believe Costas.
Nobody at NBC needed to tell him that.
He is a firmly committed limousine liberal.
He lives in the most expensive residential building in NYC.
(gee do you think they have armed security there?)
He said exactly what you would expect him to say.
Costas and his ilk, maybe purposely, don’t seem to get that the Second Amendment is not about hunting. What a bunch of ignorant a$$hole lemmings.
Just like Obama, Costas effortlessly trots out the phony strawman argument and the false attribution, putting words into the mouths of his opponents that they never said or meant.
Expecting a card-carrying leftist to speak honestly would be foolish. They’re evidently incapable of it.
Costas is just another lying liberal, like all the rest of them.
There are plenty of annoying liberals/marxists in sports ‘journalism’...two that come to mind are Rick (spit, spit, spit) Reilly and ‘Buster’ (seriously...’Buster’...LOL) Olney.
Someone should show him the point, of a medical drill, while they are lobotomizing him.
Yes it is -- because any academic who professed conservative principles and then did that to his students would be a hypocrite; his actions would belie his principles of academic freedom.
It was 45 years ago that I heard that the head of the political-science department at my land-grant cow college was a liberal bigot. He told his classes openly, that if they evinced conservative values in test questions they'd receive a letter grade lower than they would by expressing liberal values. If any student of his wanted to be the next Mr. Conservative, he'd have to discourse at the level of William F. Buckley and Frank Meyer to get the "A" grade he'd give to anyone who parrotted the chairman's liberal drool. Why? the professor was asked. Why do you do that? Because I'm the department head and I can do what I want, he replied; that's just how it is.
And this was at a school where the student body was mostly conservative, and the state's electorate overwhelmingly so.
Really? Hadn't heard that one. Well, it was a smooth move, I hope they lose money.
Meanwhile, one of the golems on their side, a scientist named Alan Lovelock or something like that, has recanted and repudiated his former friends among the Anthropogenic Global Warming crowd. They haven't reacted yet; they're like a decapitated chicken that still thinks it's alive. The warmists are toast.
Considering where "global warming" came from (a conspiracy among Communist enviros), who could be surprised? But of course the Media are fighting on. You don't have to be right on the facts or on the theory to be a Communist, since the real agenda lies elsewhere anyway.
Bob is too stupid to get the point.
Well, it’s just a momentary selfish daydream. Of course that would be contrary to our values. We’ve been on the receiving end for so long that a complete reversal would be bizzare.