Last week, Bill Cosby was quoted by the NY Post saying:
“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.”
As you may have seen, mainstream media has been having a field day with that statement. Cosby’s legal team issued another statement to help clarify Mr. Cosby’s comment.
Statement of John P. Schmitt, counsel to Bill Cosby:
“Mr. Cosby’s comments to Stacy Brown which were reported in the New York Post on December 14 continue to be misconstrued in a way that can only call into question the fair-mindedness of certain commentators. As previously noted, Mr. Brown identified himself to Mr. Cosby as a free-lance reporter for a number of African-American media.
To be clear, Mr. Cosby did not ask for special treatment from the African-American media. To the contrary, he asked that they adhere to journalistic standards and approach the story in a neutral manner – without a predisposition on either side of the story. It is of course what we would expect of all media. Those words, which are clear on their face and with which any fair-minded person would have to agree, have now been the source of even greater criticism of Mr. Cosby.
In perhaps the most egregious example, Michael Eric Dyson, who has been a persistent critic of Mr. Cosby’s call for responsibility in the African-American community, has stated that Mr. Cosby’s request for neutrality is part of what he calls Mr. Cosby’s “rape [of the ] entire black community.” Mr. Cosby understands that Mr. Dyson does not agree with Mr. Cosby’s views, but such mean-spirited and reckless rhetoric cannot go unchallenged by responsible people and journalists.”
We all heard what Mr. Cosby said — there’s not much clarification that can be done.
Now, if only his legal team would issue statements to ‘clarify’ what happened with each of these women accusing him of rape and sexual misconduct. That would help.