Bob Costas Goes Keith Olbermann -- And Not In A Good Way
Bob Costas is always a bit melodramatic for my taste, but when he goes political, it's particularly embarrassing.
As he did during the halftime of the Cowboys-Eagles game tonight when he spoke in favor of gun control. A few selected tweets in response to his rant:
@THATAllenCovert: Bob Costas should stick to sports and being short. I'll stick to being a safe gun owner. Responsibility lies with the individual.
@BritHume: Bob Costas quotes KC sportswriter to make gun control case re: Jovan Belcher murder/suicide. Cites all known gun control cliches.
@ExurbanKevin: Relax, Costas, there's NO chance the average blue-collar football fan also owns guns. Oh, wait...
In another tweet, Allen Covert put it well: "Don't exploit a tragedy to forward your agenda."
These are wise words for each and every one of us. It may be our instinct when something happens to spin it as confirmation of our biases, but we should resist that temptation. Allow the dead their burial. Take a few days. Learn a bit more about the situation. Read the Constitution. Think about the complexity of the problem. But don't go Keith Olbermann. It never goes well.