Bill Cosby Talks to New York Post, Advises ‘Black Media’ to Stay ‘Neutral’

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Whoopi Goldberg/Jill Scott shout-outs aside, Bill Cosby made his first statements on the allegations and legal charges pending against him over the weekend. In what may seem like an unusual strategic move, he chose freelancer Stacy Brown (of the somewhat notorious New York Post gossip source Page Six) as his press contact of choice.

Brown called Cosby, who made a request:

“I only expect our black media to uphold the standards of excellence in journalism, and when you do that you have to go in with a neutral mind.”

The implication, of course, is that the rest of the media and the court of public opinion have already called him guilty.

This ABC News exclusive with Brown offers few hints about Cosby’s plans or his current state of mind, though Brown says he sounded “upbeat”:

We’ll have to agree with Mr. Stephanopolous: it is slightly amazing that Brown got Cosby to talk on tape when no one else has been able to do it. Cosby also offered this statement on his wife’s reaction to the ongoing saga:

“Love and the strength of womanhood. Let me say it again, love and the strength of womanhood. And, you could reverse it, the strength of womanhood and love.”

After reading that quote, we think the answer to Robin Roberts‘ question about when Cosby will make his next statement is “in court.”

@PatrickCoffee Patrick Coffee is a senior editor for Adweek.