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Tue Dec 4, 2012, 04:03 PM

Why can Limbaugh speak, but not Costas?

Another good piece by David Sirota

One way to understand Bob Costas’ comments about gun violence during halftime of NBC’s Sunday evening football game is to interpret them as yet another example of media self-absorption. And in fact, by turning a horrific story of domestic violence and suicide into a cheap story about the overwrought reaction to a professional commentator, the national press did proudly fulfill the timeless jeremiad of “Broadcast News” to “never forget (that) we’re the real story, not them.”

But as repulsive and predictable as that narcissism is, it did inadvertently spotlight a significant problem plaguing our civic discourse. Call it Shut Up and Sing Syndrome.

Named after a Laura Ingraham book and a 2006 documentary about the harsh reaction to the Dixie Chicks’ anti-Bush comments, this syndrome condemns many Americans to believe that actors, musicians and athletes — really, anyone not deemed political “experts” — have no right to use their platform to address issues considered “political” in nature. In this case, conservatives are insisting that Costas is not merely wrong on the substance of his gun-related comments, but also that, according to the New York Times, “it was inappropriate to use the platform of an NFL telecast to make arguments concerning a hot-button issue like gun control.”

The insinuation is that as a sportscaster, he has no standing to weigh in on a political issue. In other words, like critics of outspoken athletes who tell them to “shut up and play,” critics want Costas to simply “shut up and talk only about sports.”

For his part, Costas is refusing to be intimidated, pointing out that such whiners “would have thought (my comment) was fine if they agreed with what I was saying.” This is almost certainly true, once again reminding us that Shut Up and Sing Syndrome tends only to emerge on the right when a prominent figure says something that offends conservative sensibilities, but rarely emerges when a prominent figure says something that conservatives support.


http://www.salon.com/2012/12/04/why_can_limbaugh_speak_but_not_costas/

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Reply Why can Limbaugh speak, but not Costas? (Original post)
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Dec 2012 OP
graham4anything Dec 2012 #1
Dawson Leery Dec 2012 #2
AlexSatan Dec 2012 #3
angstlessk Dec 2012 #5
AlexSatan Dec 2012 #7
jeff47 Dec 2012 #8
Lightbulb_on Dec 2012 #10
jeff47 Dec 2012 #11
AlexSatan Dec 2012 #12
jeff47 Dec 2012 #13
AlexSatan Dec 2012 #15
jeff47 Dec 2012 #20
AlexSatan Dec 2012 #22
cyglet Dec 2012 #21
KamaAina Dec 2012 #19
Brother Buzz Dec 2012 #4
malaise Dec 2012 #6
Skittles Dec 2012 #9
GoCubsGo Dec 2012 #14
Dont call me Shirley Dec 2012 #16
hughee99 Dec 2012 #17
JEB Dec 2012 #18


Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 04:08 PM

2. The "conservative entertainment complex" is a platform

for right wingers to monopolize the debate. They use the complex to silence their opponents.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 04:13 PM

3. People (apparently) tune into Limbaugh

 

to hear political opinions. People tune into football for...football.

I assume that is why this is making headlines.

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Response to AlexSatan (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 04:32 PM

5. Please, Limpball claims to be an entertainer..not a political pundit...and if the Dixie

Chicks have their albums burned like some Nazi book burning...and Ted Nugent gets no backlash when he TOTALLY INSULTS and EVEN THREATENS the president...then it is not even close...

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Response to angstlessk (Reply #5)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 04:50 PM

7. What limbaugh claims to be or not be

 

is irrelevant. From what I understand, since he got kicked off football (MNF, I think), all he has is his radio show which I assume is still just political crap. I don't listen to AM radio but I've not heard of him doing anything else recently. (i.e. in the past decade)

And you pretend anyone listens to Nugent.

Last time he has a hit was what, 1977? (yes, I Googled Cat Scratch Fever)

But for the record
http://www.facebook.com/events/215603395130428/?ref=nf

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Response to AlexSatan (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 05:22 PM

8. One doesn't lose their first amendment rights when they become a sportscaster. (nt)

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Response to jeff47 (Reply #8)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 05:35 PM

10. Still not the place...

 

Folks cheer because they agree with the issue...

Swap it out with something you detest and it starts to annoy you.

Pro-life rant? Anti gay marriage spiel? Pro Romney speech a few months ago?

Let football just be football...

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Response to Lightbulb_on (Reply #10)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 05:37 PM

11. It wasn't "just football" immediately after the shooting.

Just like it can't be "just football" after the concussion issues were identified. Or the bounties on injuries.

If the sport is causing severe damage to the players, we can't just plug our ears and say "lalalalalalala" and happily cripple players.

The middle of a football broadcast is exactly the time to bring attention to issues affecting football players.

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Response to jeff47 (Reply #8)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 05:40 PM

12. I didn't realize he was arrested

 

or that anyone even suggested that he should be,

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Response to AlexSatan (Reply #12)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 05:43 PM

13. Shorthand is convenient on a message board. Try to not be so literal. (nt)

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Response to jeff47 (Reply #13)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 05:55 PM

15. The question was why Costas is catching so much flack

 

It's not a 1st Amendment issue so why bring it up?

It's a matter of the forum used. Political opinion is expected on a political opinion show, not on a football show.

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Response to AlexSatan (Reply #15)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 08:12 PM

20. Because he should be able to express his opinion on a TV show where he's paid to

express his opinion.

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Response to jeff47 (Reply #20)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 11:07 PM

22. You can argue the reality all you want

 

but that is why most people were irritated.

Wouldn't it be cool if Bruce Willis had conservative diatribes in all of his action movies? (No)

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Response to jeff47 (Reply #8)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 08:18 PM

21. Nor a punter n/t

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Response to AlexSatan (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 07:25 PM

19. The OxyMoron was briefly on Monday Night Football

right up until he suggested that the Eagles' Donovan McNabb was starting in the NFL solely because he is black. (McNabb led the Eagles to a Super Bowl appearance.)

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 04:15 PM

4. Costas doesn't have an army of keyboard commandos to defend himself

Simple, no?

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 04:33 PM

6. Not only that

Scumbaugh does not believe his audience is made up of low information voters.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 05:28 PM

9. we have whiners right here on DU

poor babies just cannot handle the gun culture being criticized

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 05:47 PM

14. For the same reason Dumbya had a "mandate", but Obama does not.

It's "My way or the highway" with those SOBs.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 06:56 PM

16. Excellent piece by Sirota. The timing and nature of Costas' comment was perfect.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 07:09 PM

17. Costas is right about whiners being fine if they agreed...

conversely, I suspect a number of people who support him now would be on the other side if he had taken a RKBA position.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 07:10 PM

18. Some people have their panties in twist

because Costas had the audacity to insert a bit of reality into their football escapes. They are more upset by this than the fact a man murdered someone then killed himself.

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