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In an interview with Howard Kurtz of MediaBuzz, which aired last Sunday, NBC sportscaster Bob Costas acknowledged that politically he leans left-of-center, and compared himself to Juan Williams of Fox News.

KURTZ: …So is Bob Costas a wild-eyed liberal who happens to have a deep voice and a love of sports?

COSTAS: No, No. I would be disingenuous if I said that generally speaking I don’t lean somewhat left-of-center.

His admission of his liberal leanings only confirms what conservatives have known since Costas surprised viewers during halftime of the Eagles-Cowboys football game in December 2012 with a commentary calling for stricter gun control. His comments were made in the context of the murder-suicide involving Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, which occurred the day before:

In the coming days, Jovan Belcher’s actions and their possible connection to football will be analyzed. Who knows? But here, wrote Jason Whitlock, is what I believe. If Jovan Belcher didn’t possess a gun, he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today.

Why does Costas believe that Belcher and Perkins would be alive today if Belcher didn’t have a gun? Is that the only way to kill someone and commit suicide? Of course not, but it provided a convenient excuse for Costas to wade into the gun debate.

Costas then defined himself in terms that he felt the Fox News audience could understand, by saying that to the extent that he is liberal he is “like a Juan Williams liberal,” and to the extent that he is conservative he is “like a Bernie Goldberg conservative.” He added that he thinks the Fox audience would be surprised at how much George Will, Charles Krauthammer and Rich Lowry he reads, and how often he agrees with them.

Nice try, but I’d have to see in writing or hear Costas’ words of agreement with those three before I would believe it, regardless of what he tells people like Kurtz.


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