Cosby expects Black media not to be biased
Although Bill Cosby, again, would not directly address the sexual assault accusations against him, he did break his silence for a brief interview to talk about his expectations of Black media.
Last Friday, during an interview for the New York Post, the comedian called on African-American journalists not to be biased when covering the allegations.
“Let me say this. I only expect the Black media to uphold the standards of excellence in journalism and when you do that you have to go in with a neutral mind,” Cosby said.
New York Post reporter Stacy Brown wrote the comedian sounded upbeat on the phone, but cut off the conversation. “They don’t want me talking to the media,” Cosby said.
More than 20 women have spoken out accusing Cosby of sexual misconduct, however, he has never faced a judge or jury or been convicted of a crime. Nonetheless, several local Black reporters have already made up their minds about Cosby.
“The main thing I’ve learned from the reactions to the allegations leveled against Bill Cosby is that sexual assault has a special place when it comes to our jurisprudence … It’s the only crime that I can think of off of the top of my head in which it is assumed that the victim is lying.”
Denise Clay, veteran journalist and member of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists
“Bill Cosby’s fall is huge because he has been held so highly in our heads and hearts. We may still enjoy his old recordings, but they don’t sound the same. The title of his currently troubled comedy tour, “Far from Finished,” should have a question mark behind it,”
Clarence Page, journalist and senior member of The Chicago Tribune editorial board
“Our society has, in many ways, morphed into a place where truth is established by whomever speaks the loudest, snags the biggest interview or writes their tell-all first. I don't know if the accusations against Bill Cosby are true, but I know that I wonder about the world in which we live. In a time when a man can lose everything over accusations nearly half a century old, are any of us safe from our accusers?”