The White House, perpetually engulfed by American media, and Bill Cosby should be pleased by all the drama circulating Washington.
Bill Cosby appeared in court June 5th for criminal sexual assault allegations. Acquittal appears possible, as speculation builds on a politically infused defense strategy. Surveys show that some approve of the dismissal of charges all together. To really understand the situation, it is important to understand the strategy.
The Flashback-June 11, 2012- Jerry Sandusky’s Criminal Sexual Assault Trial
The Penn State sexual abuse allegations came to a head as the most publicized child molestation case in history. Obama’s failing economic policies, sprinkled with Romney jabs, completed a news cycle, overshadowed by controversy in Happy Valley.
The remnants of a time in America when the president had control over the press. With most outlets avoid negative coverage of the president, Sandusky was the perfect human shield for a man who was up for reelection.
Sandusky was guilty long before the conclusion of his trail. He was convicted by the media. Later, he was proven guilty in a court of law, but extra coverage may suggest racial disparities in the Sandusky case, during Obama’s tenure .
June 5, 2017- Bill Cosby’s Criminal Sexual Assault Trial
Bill Cosby began after 59 sexual assault allegations sprang up in short order. The defendant should be eager to learn from the mistakes of his predecessors. The former Penn State coach’s legal strategy lacked the ‘attack’ of successfully acquitted formerly accused. The template for success in similar situations has been historically two-fold. The strategy: Shield from press, and then attack. Countless times in American history we have seen prominent figures use a similar format.
Examining Potential Defense Strategies
Cosby’s legal team would be privy to examine recent sexual abuse cases to assess historical success (Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Robert Kelly) and failure (Jerry Sandusky, Anthony Wiener, Michael Jackson).
In our current political climate, an African American will tend to avoid media coverage, while a white member of the media, (Bill O’Reilly) is crucified. This pattern has become all too familiar in our society. Whether Cosby orchestrated this tactic, or just merely coincidentally benefits from it remains to be seen. What we do know at this point is that Cosby likely has another facet to his legal agenda.
In a radio interview Cosby presumably directed his own daughter to tell XM host, “Racism has played a big role (in the allegations). The accusations against my father have been one-sided from the beginning. I’ve witnessed my father’s reputation and legendary works be dismissed without any proof.”
After deploring phase one, a man once revered in the African American community for resilience and condemning using racism as a social crutch, turned to racism for his own defense.