How many would have heard sports writer Jason Whitlock’s views on guns and “gun culture” had Bob Costas not read them aloud as part of his halftime hijack of Sunday Night Football last weekend? Whitlock seized the opportunity to appear with Roland Martin and claim further that “the NRA is the new KKK,” but he passed at a turn at Bill O’Reilly’s megaphone. Whitlock put his refusal to appear on “The O’Reilly Factor” into words last Friday, and O’Reilly kicked off his show tonight Costas-style by quoting Whitlock’s follow-up column.
@HowardKurtz why don't you tweet what Whitlock said? Then let your followers decide if his comments were racial
— Kris Kinder (@kris_kinder) December 11, 2012
Kurtz didn’t tweet Whitlock’s comments, but here’s a sample.
I’m a grown-ass man and it’s 2012. I don’t have to shuffle off to the Big House when summoned. O’Reilly is not Boehner, Pelosi or Obama. He’s a TV entertainer who has spent the weeks after the election crying about the end of “white establishment” America, the end of the days when an upstanding white man felt entitled to summon whomever he wanted whenever he wanted to the Big House to dance.
I don’t dance.
Whitlock’s refusal to “dance” for O’Reilly in the big house left quite a few viewers unimpressed.
You left out that he, O'Reilly, is accurate. @HowardKurtz
— ParsingAmerica (@NoChromeHD) December 11, 2012
@HowardKurtz What did he say that that you agree with? I heard a few things. U won't tweet those, hurts your anti-Fox agenda though.
— Currently Kabul (@JohnDewey) December 11, 2012
@HowardKurtz Taking sides or reporting Howie?
— Tank997 (@Tank997) December 11, 2012
— Frank Maxwell (@FrankenGator) December 11, 2012
— steve osborne (@stvosb) December 11, 2012
So according to Jason Whitlock, being invited onto a show constitutes being "ordered". *rolling eyes*
— Miss Bossy Boots (@Vicki_Lemonds) December 11, 2012
.@WhitlockJason Wow, O'Reilly is taking you to task. When you going to step up and go on his show? Words only go so far, Whitlock.
— Michael Kaplun (@MichaelKaplun) December 11, 2012
Whitlock also won admirers for turning down an appearance.
— Ms. Net (@NETRetired) December 11, 2012
— Brian Le Mec (@Dalmatio) December 11, 2012
In his post, Whitlock said that he’d be sticking to his sports column for now, as TV news appearances don’t allow him sufficient room to make his points. “You typically sacrifice two hours of time for an eight-minute segment that accomplishes very little,” he wrote. “It’s not the deep end of the pool. There’s no room for someone like me to splash around.” Back to the kiddie pool to make waves, then?