The Bill Cosby-is-a-rapist allegations are having a toxic ripple effect in the media and publishing, too.
Journalists are busy at self-flagellation — why did we fail to pursue this earlier? — and Cosby’s latest biographer, Mark Whitaker, apologized by tweet for failing to discuss the allegations in his just-published 500-plus-page book.
David Carr, media columnist for the New York Times, took Cosby’s “media enablers,” including himself, to task in a column Monday for not paying more attention years ago to the claims against Cosby. (By now, new allegations against the entertainment icon pop up daily.)
In response, Whitaker, a former editor in chief of Newsweek, was apologetic about his book, Cosby: His Life and Times, described by reviewers as “a detailed and compelling portrait” that nevertheless steered clear of the sexual abuse allegations made by multiple women over the years.
“David you are right. I was wrong to not deal with the sexual assault charges against Cosby and pursue them more aggressively,” Whitaker tweeted.
Whitaker promised to address the allegations “at the appropriate time. If true the stories are shocking and horrible,” he tweeted.
Whitaker’s book has gotten good reviews (USA TODAY’s reviewer gave it four out of four stars, describing it as a “cogent” definition of “Cosby’s artistry”), but others had questioned Whitaker’s choices even before the resurgence of the sexual abuse allegations in recent months. Whitaker himself was a newsmaker in his day: He was the first African American to lead a major news magazine.
SOURCE: Maria Puente