Bob Costas’s gun-control stance roils social media

By David B. Wilkerson

CHICAGO (MarketWatch) — Veteran NBC /quotes/zigman/89307/quotes/nls/cmcsa CMCSA -0.27% broadcaster Bob Costas stirred up angry comments on Twitter, Facebook and other social media after his remarks advocating gun control at halftime of the network’s “Sunday Night Football” telecast. Costas was commenting on Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher’s murder of his girlfriend and suicide on Saturday. He quoted from a column by FoxSports.com writer Jason Whitlock: “Handguns do not enhance our safety. They exacerbate our flaws, tempt us to escalate arguments, and bait us into embracing confrontation, rather than avoiding it.” On Twitter, former Republican presidential hopeful Herman Cain said Costas was “spewing sanctimonious dreck.” Breitbart.com’s John Nolte said: “Taking advantage of a captive halftime audience, Costas sucker punched millions with a left-wing preach about gun control.” At AwfulAnnouncing.com, Matt Yoder said Costas’s “Sunday Night Football” commentaries have “been out of place since their inception,” and are best reserved for “Costas Tonight,” a monthly program on the NBC Sports Network, or for his regular appearances on “Rock Center with Brian Williams,” the NBC newsmagazine. An NBC Sports spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for further comment from Costas or the network. “Sunday Night Football” is television’s highest-rated program during the 2012-13 season. Sunday night’s contest, a 38-33 win for the Dallas Cowboys over the Philadelphia Eagles, averaged a 13.5 rating in the 56 largest markets surveyed by Nielsen. It peaked at a 14.1 during the last half hour of the game.

 

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