Gee Bob, Maybe You Should Just Go back To Announcing Sports


The arrogance of some of the media types still amazes me and frankly I do not know why. The latest being Bob Costas not wanting to do Larry King Live because he “refused to anchor Thursday’s show because it was primarily about the Alabama teenager who went missing in Aruba.”

Costas, hired by CNN as an occasional fill-in on “Larry King Live,” refused to anchor Thursday’s show because it was primarily about the Alabama teenager who went missing in Aruba. Chris Pixley filled in at the last minute.

“I didn’t think the subject matter of Thursday’s show was the kind of broadcast I should be doing,” Costas said in a statement. “I suggested some alternatives but the producers preferred the topics they had chosen. I was fine with that, and respectfully declined to participate.”

Costas’ manager declined to elaborate on what Costas didn’t like about the topic.

Unbelievable that some one would not think that the subject matter of a missing person was some how beneath them. Maybe Bob Costas should stick to HBO and Costas Now so that he can talk about such influential and important topics like the Terrell Owens melodrama and the Philadelphia Eagles? You agree to fill in for Larry King and know what the general topics of the day are for his programming yet some how this topic if off your list as acceptable. Maybe you would like to enlighten us with what is acceptable subject matter?

The NBC Sports personality, also host of “Costas Now” on HBO, had agreed to be host for about 20 editions of “Larry King Live” this year. He’s done six, the network said.

His decision is reminiscent of Keith Olbermann, the former sportscaster who left his MSNBC news show in the late 1990s in part because he was asked to repeatedly cover the Monica Lewinsky story. Olbermann is back now for his second run at MSNBC.

It is a little sad that you would take such a view point; however, maybe you should just stick to sports rather than dealing with such important topics to families across America like the epidemic of missing persons cases that we are experiencing with both children and adults. Gee Bob, I guess you should just call another sporting event or a commentary on your TV show with all the emotions and over alliteration as if the event was some how more important or a comparison in some way to real live issues and tragedies that people really face? Next time you use a simile or metaphor to overemphasize the enormity of a sporting event just remember that there are people out there that live in real world and deal with such circumstances first hand. Not the right subject matter indeed.

Posted August 21, 2005 by
Media, Natalee Holloway | one comment

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    1. Seventeen Fifty-Four Blog » BOB COSTAS on August 21st, 2005 6:40 pm

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