What Cosby did choose to address, through his lawyer, was his previous comments on Black media upholding excellent standards of journalism. He ignored the latest accuser who appeared on the Dr. Phil show.
The newest accuser, Lisa, said she was given a drink by Cosby while they were alone in a hotel room and she only remembers waking up at home two days later. Lisa, who was 21 at the time, couldn’t remember if Cosby did anything to her during her encounter in 1988.
MSNBC’s Michael Eric Dyson, a professor at Georgetown University, went on-air and said, “the very kind of man who would rape women, allegedly, is the same kind of man who will rape an entire Black community, poor Black people who are vulnerable before him, using his powerful foot to clump down on their necks.”
In response to Dyson’s comments, the statement said that “mean-spirited” and “reckless rhetoric” can’t be left unchallenged by “responsible” people and journalists.
Cosby’s lawyer said that his client’s Black media comments “continue to be misconstrued in a way that can only call into question the fair-mindedness of certain commentators,” in a statement released to USA TODAY.
The statement also said, “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.”
Last week on a phone interview with Stacy Brown, a freelance journalist, Cosby said the Black media should “go in with a neutral mind.”
Displeased with how his statement was reported, in another statement issued by his attorney, John P. Schmitt, Cosby criticized Brown for how he reported the call and not informing Cosby that he was recording and writing for the New York Post, according to the USA TODAY.