The National Association of Black Journalists is blasting Bill Cosby’s recent call for the black media to remain neutral in covering the mounting sexual assault allegations against the comedian. NABJ President Bob Butler tells TheWrap.com this is not a racial issue and that all media should remain neutral in reporting the facts. Butler says it’s a journalist’s responsibility to cover both sides of the story and that Cosby should not have referenced black media in a recent conversation with a “New York Post” reporter.
Cosby’s attorney, meantime, is denouncing the publication of those comments made in a brief phone conversation. On Monday, John P. Schmitt issued a statement saying Cosby was unaware that he was being interviewed for the “Post” or that he was being recorded. Schmitt says in a discussion of journalistic standards the reporter failed to adhere to the most basic standards of his profession.