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Wednesday, December 17, 2014 

Bill Cosby goes the race card route

Cosby's been mostly quiet since the sex abuse allegations came to the forefront over a month ago. But now, in an interview with the NY Post (via Breitbart), he's slipped further and pulled out a race card:
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.
I could only hang my head further in despair and groan. What does race have to do with any of this? The Washington Post's Alyssa Rosenberg found this dismaying, and said:
...what is Cosby really asking for here? Should reporters display “a neutral mind” by covering each allegation as if they are independent from one another, rather than indicative of an alleged pattern of behavior? That’s a suggestion that casts objectivity as a kind of repetitive amnesia. If Cosby’s understanding of “the standards of excellence in journalism” requires reporters to get comment from all parties to a story, should Cosby’s repeated refusal to respond to the allegations against him mean that outlets can’t report on those allegations at all?

Or does neutrality mean weighing Cosby’s value against that of Beverly Johnson, who is also black? Against that of Cosby’s white accusers? Or against Hannibal Buress, a young black comedian who reminded audiences of the allegations against Cosby in a stand-up routine that went viral?

By appealing to “the black media” to uphold high standards, Cosby is implying that “white” outlets have violated these norms.
It stands in sharp contrast to the vision he presented in the Cosby Show, where racial issues were kept to a minimum. Now he's really deteriorated, and made it less possible to believe he's innocent. His statement's backfired pretty fast, as Bob Butler, president of the National Association of Black Journalists, found his words appalling.

It looks like Cosby's career is coming to an end on a very miserable note, and he's the one who got himself there.

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