If you were watching NBC's Sunday night, half time show last week, you were treated to a reasonably smart sports pundit, shoot himself down in flames. Why he felt he was "big enough" to turn a football analysis duty, into a political editorial on gun control, is reflective of how many pundits, actors, comedians and political "experts" become drunk with the megalomaniacal belief that they are experts in EVERYTHING, because the public loves them [whether that is true or not.]
I am not criticizing Costas because I disagree with his opinion. He, like everyone, is entitled to his opinion. I am criticzing him because--as a person who has access to the "buly pulpit" of a major TV network outlet--his credibility depends upon his accuracy and the validity of his fact-based analyses. He has been a resource and appreciated spokesman for NBC--- but last Sunday HE FAILED, because he had not done his homework. His assumptions were based upon faulty data, and an assumption of human behavior, unsupported by science. It was also apparent that he had seldom if ever consulted the copious research that has resulted from professionally based studies, which explode the usual superficial myths.
Bob Costas has a first amendment speech right, as do we all. That right, however, DOES NOT, as the legal opinion articulates, allow him to [shout "fire" in a crowded theatre]. In my opinion, his free speech, editorial TV essay was over the first amendment line, and is worthy of the severest condemnation, at least from his employer................
Don't hold your breath.
Too old to fight, Too old to run, guess that's why I carry a gun! "would someone show this asshole the way out of town".[Rabbi Avram Belinski-aka "The Frisco Kid"]
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