Who knew that being a "rape denier" would become fashionable for the conservative movement? George Will and many other right wing talkers have taken up the cause and with the Rolling Stone's ludicrous decision not to properly vet their UVA story, that has given them fresh fuel to burn. Bill Cosby has been accused by at least 19 women of being a rapist and while he's been very quiet about the accusations, his long time wife just spoke out against those women and used the UVA story to do so.
Camille Cosby slammed the media for demonizing her embattled husband Monday, finally breaking her extended silence about the rape accusations leveraged at entertainer Bill Cosby.
In a forceful defense of her partner of 50 years, Camille said he was the victim of bad reporting — and compared it to the recent controversy over a “Rolling Stone” article about an alleged fraternity house rape.
The picture painted of her husband by news reports was “a portrait of a man I do not know," the long-suffering wife said in a statement Monday. “An accusation is published, and immediately goes viral,” the 70-year-old wrote. “There appears to be no vetting of my husband’s accusers before stories are published or aired,” she added.
Now we cut to MSNBC's Morning Joe, where a discussion broke out about Camille Cosby's rebuttal and Joe Scarborough said that the media should not report these claims made by these women because they can't be verified 40 years later and many are probably seeking 15 minutes of fame anyway.
The host complained about press reporting the accusations of women coming forward "40 years later."
"But do we not report it?" Brzezinski interjected. "I don't think we should," he responded.
Co-panelist and journalist Katty Kay reminded Scarborough of recent cases of child abuse and rape in the Catholic Church, as well as British entertainer Jimmy Savile, where decades-old allegations were proven credible. Scarborough backed off briefly before returning to his point.
"Any woman can come forward right now and say 'Billy Cosby did this to me 40 years ago' and be on the cover of US Weekly," he said. "With no vetting."
"They will print your story, and maybe it happened," Scarborough said. "If it did, it's tragic. But if it didn't happen, you get your 15 minutes of fame," he added.
Joe, Joe, Joe. This isn't the UVA story at all since numerous sources (women) have come forward for decades and told their stories while The Rolling Stone editors dropped the ball completely.
And then he brought the debate to a rock bottom low by portraying Cosby's many accusers of being typical promotion whores was unconscionable.