Sports “journalists” remain the lowest form of reporting
Bob Costas is the latest example why sports journalists remain at the bottom of the media totem pole. The NRO synopsis:
During halftime of Football Night in America, which is not to be confused with Monday Night Football or Thursday Night Football, Costas referred to Belcher’s shocking murder-suicide as “nearly unfathomable.” He then proceeded to fathom it in terms of a clichéd gun-control fable. Costas quoted approvingly sportswriter Jason Whitlock’s argument that “our current gun culture simply ensures that more and more domestic disputes will end in the ultimate tragedy.”
Costas has long capitalized on his smarmy ability to suck up to athletes, his once boyish good looks (think John Edwards; HD reveals the truth), and his “romance with sport” (it appears unlikely he played any of them) to end up, in time, like Dan Rather, at the top of his journalism pile.
When he was a kid, Costas probably wrote poems about the manliness of Stan Musial or the likes (not that there’s anything wrong with that) and churned out articles for the school paper his mother found interesting. And the above block quote’s Jason Whitlock reference is telling. Whitlock is also one of America’s more inept sports “journalists.” Whitlock is usually—not always—like Charles Barkley without any of the game, humor, insight, or perspective.
If the victim of Belcher’s murder had herself possessed a gun, perhaps she’d be alive today. And without Belcher’s inherent personality, magnified by (or perhaps controlled by) “alcohol. concussions, and prescription drugs,” responsible gun ownership is not a problem for normal citizens. There’s much to unpack with regard to the Belcher tragedy, including family (the presence of a father), poverty, personal responsibility, and sport itself (including the NFL, college football, and coaching).
The problem with Costas, Whitlock, Peter King, and much of the “sports journalism” community is they drank the Kool-Aide of the mainstream media, embracing their failed liberal worldview and losing perspective. The bumper sticker is true: guns don’t kill people, people kill people. Maybe banning violent collisions and injuries in football (and other sports), banning alcohol, or banning the irresponsible use of prescription drugs is something Costas could pursue in the name of sports journalism. Sport is a subset of life, not the other way around.