NBC's Costas under fire for gun-blaming claims

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
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Russ Jones (OneNewsNow.com)

A media analyst maintains it was inappropriate for NBC sportscaster Bob Costas to use the tragedy surrounding an NFL linebacker to push his liberal anti-gun message and advocate for gun-control laws.

After praising columnist Jason Whitlock of Fox Sports, who blamed the Second Amendment for the incident in which Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher murdered his girlfriend then committed suicide, Costas said, "In the coming days, Jovan Belcher's actions and their possible connection to football will be analyzed. Who knows? But here … is what I believe: If Jovan Belcher didn't possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today."

Gainor, Dan (MRC)Dan Gainor, vice president of business and culture with the Media Research Center (MRC), says the left is given too many outlets to push its agenda.

"We've got news entertainment and now even sports where the left pushes their agenda," he contends. "But there is no place in America … in the mass media where conservatives ever can feel like they're getting an even shake or like they can even hide from the propaganda."

Gainor points to the American Association of Suicidology, which reports that at least half of all suicides in 2010 are not gun-related.

"This was a football player, who perhaps [had] done illegal drugs, perhaps [had] done steroids -- those are known to have some impact on violence," the analyst notes. "There was no discussion of concussion … no other sign; no nothing. This is a gift to the gun grabbers."

Belcher shot and killed Perkins, the mother of his three-month-old daughter, on Saturday morning, then drove to Arrowhead Stadium and committed suicide in the parking lot of the team's practice facility.

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