WTVM 11/21/14 Editorial: Bill Cosby

WTVM 11/21/14 Editorial: Bill Cosby

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Bill Cosby is all over the news these days, a familiar place for the popular comedian, who is now 77 years old.

But it isn't his clever stand-up jokes or his old Jell-O Pudding Pops commercials that have him in the spotlight again. It's the fact that no fewer than a dozen women have now come forward to accuse Cosby of sexual assaults allegedly committed years ago.

Two recent interviews, one on radio and one with the Associated Press, are making news for what Cosby won't say.

He refused to respond to the allegations that have already caused NBC and Netflix to dump a new Cosby sitcom and comedy special, respectively, and TV Land to remove his classic show from their line-up.

Cosby is well-known for his comments on morality, the need for strong families and the value of personal responsibility.

Now it appears it has lost his credibility to pass judgment on others.

By staying silent on the charges and, in the case of the Associated Press interview, actually asking the reporter to edit out his lack of a response, Cosby does himself even more damage.

Because the statutes of limitations on the assault charges have long passed, Cosby never has to answer the charges in court. He did settle one case out of court years ago.

But in the court of public opinion, there is no statute of limitations, and it's that verdict that will carry the most weight, especially in the case of a celebrity who put himself up on a pedestal.


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