I read yesterday on Drudge Report that former Washington D.C. mayor, Marion Barry had died at age 78. In the AP article, author Ben Nuckols called Mr. Barry a controversial, tireless, advocate for the nation’s capital. The article further goes on to extol the virtues of Mr. Barry with many who knew and worked for him indicating that he was an inspiration and role model for many people, including youth.
In the article, Mr. Nuckols laments that Mr. Barry’s arrest for drug use in the midst of a cocaine epidemic often overshadows his accomplishments. The article also hints at wide-spread corruption and bloated unaccountable government during his time as mayor. A six month term in federal prison didn’t seem to hurt Barry. While some perceived him as a pariah and an embarrassment, many low-income residents saw him as a hero who was persecuted unfairly for his personal failures.
As I indicated above, the article extoled Mr. Barry’s virtues and played down his high rolling, fast and loose lifestyle.
On the same Drudge Report, there a link to a Washington Post article about actor/comedian Bill Cosby. The article was written by Manuel Roig-Franzia, Scott Higham, Paul Farhi, and Mary Pat Flaherty. The article contained many in depth descriptions of Mr. Cosby living large in the 60s and 70s. It brought out that he often partied with Hugh Hefner and was a regular at the playboy mansion. The lengthy article goes on to trace the life and “good times” of Mr. Cosby. And yes it does discuss the award winning 80s sitcom where Bill stars as Cliff Huxtable, husband, father, son, and beloved doctor.
After the Cosby Show, the article states that Bill transformed into an elder statesman in the entertainment industry who was a scolding public conscience of the African American community. Scolding public conscience of the African American community? Not really sure what that means, but I have an inkling that it may refer to Mr. Cosby’s statements to members of the African American community indicating that they should work hard, do the right things, and quit blaming white folks for their shortcomings.
According to the same Washington Post article, sixteen women have publicly stated that Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them with twelve indicating that he drugged them first.
Having outlined the above, the purpose of this article is not to discuss the activities of these two very public characters and pick one over the other. Instead, the purpose of this article is to show how each is treated differently by the main stream media.
Mayor Barry was a liberal and a democrat. While the political affiliation of Mr. Cosby is not known, he did embrace conservative values and suggested that his fellow African Americans do the same.
In his treatment by the media, the late Mayor Barry is a hero, a long-term politician who worked tirelessly for the benefit of low-income citizens. Even though there was strong evidence that he was a corrupt individual, his service as mayor of DC was one of corruption, and had served a six month jail term, he was a great man who had a few personal issues.
In his treatment by the media, actor/comedian/philanthropist Bill Cosby, a guy who made many people laugh and forget their problems, even if only for a few minutes, throughout his storied career, is being destroyed by the main stream media. Some women have now come to the forefront after a generation and accused him of sexual assault. Mr. Cosby will probably not be able to tell his side of the story and if it does, he won’t be believed like Mr. Barry was when he uttered the famous words, “The bitch set me up.” The feminists will come after him with loaded guns while ignoring the former escapades of former president Bill Clinton. The liberal African Americans will come after him because how dare he encourage them to do the right things and quit blaming others for their failures. In the meantime, all of the good that Mr. Cosby did will be forgotten about and we may never get to watch Cosby show re-runs for a very long time.
Mayor Barry will surely have a grandiose funeral and the current president may even speak at the event. Mr. Cosby, on the other hand, at age 77, will probably be shunned by the left and those who get their information from leftist media outlets, and when he dies, any articles written about him will be about his alleged womanizing and large living.