I have always liked Bob Costas. I enjoy watching the cheesy over-produced montages of the guy who came in last place in the 200m breaststroke at the Olympics. His voice and manor is so smooth… I consider him the best sportscaster in the industry and possibly one of the best television personalities to walk the earth. Then, he had a cameo in Baseketball. When he uttered “You’re excited? Feel my nipples!” he cemented his place in my history books.
Then, I read this story today on the Indy Star website. And, now, I officially love him.
Bob has been filling in for Larry King occasionally on the Larry King Show. I didn’t know this since I don’t watch Larry King, but, I might start watching when I know Costas is going to host. Anyhow, Thursday show was lined up to be an interview with the mother of Natalee Holloway, that chick who probably was raped and murdered after getting drunk in a night club in Aruba. (see the article titled “Fuck Natalee Holloway” on kuro5hin.org). Bob felt, like I do, that too much attention is being spent on this one missing girl and that there are much more important things to do. When he tried to persuade the producers that they should use their time for something that matters, they wouldn’t budge. So, Bob declined to host that evenings show. It makes me want to stand up and salute the man. He is my new personal hero.
A note on the kuro5hin article… while the title is harsh, I agree with the content of the story. Too much time has been devoted to the fact this one attractive, white, blond haired, blue eyed 18 year old did something stupid and paid for it. How many people disappear a day in the US, much less in a resort country like Aruba? How many missing black 18 year old girls are there? How many missing latinas? How often do you hear about it? It’s like the Laci Peterson thing. A few months ago, there was a case in the East somewhere (I want to say Pennsylvania) of a latino woman who was pregnant that went missing, was reported by the husband, found dead, and they believe the husband murdered her. Where was Fox News and CNN then?
Edit: A few hours after I posted this, they I saw the story on CNN’s main page as their number one story. They found the woman’s body. They charged her boyfriend (not her husband) with murder. But, we won’t hear anything more about it, I’m sure.