Glenn Beck: The Media "Just Raped Bill Cosby"
Glenn Beck, person who profits by saying outrageously dumb things, said another outrageously dumb thing Thursday. Specifically, he claimed that alleged rapist Bill Cosby is actually a victim of rape himself—media rape, by the evil and predatory mainstream media!
On his show Thursday, Beck went on a rant about the Associated Press's decision to publish an unedited video interview with Cosby. The footage reveals the comedian asked a reporter to "scuttle" their discussion of the sexual assault allegations against him.
"You want to talk about rape? That's media rape, right there," Beck said, disingenuously equating investigative journalism with sexual assault.
"You said you would not do that. Since when does your 'no' mean 'yes?' Do you know the definition of 'no,' sir? You've just raped Bill Cosby. You said you wouldn't do it. You just did it and then you blamed it on him. My gosh, maybe we should have a lesson on rape."
Emphasis mine, because it's just. So. Dumb.
Aside from trivializing the very violation several women say Cosby committed against them, Beck's gross analogy between the interview and sexual consent isn't even accurate.
When it released the video, the AP was clear that "the interview was on record" and there was "no agreement to avoid questions about the allegations or to withhold publishing any of his comments at any time."
If anyone is guilty of damaging Cosby's reputation here, it's Cosby.