Cosby Case Update

Bill Cosby
Comedian Bill Cosby responds to charges against him in September 2015. (A&E)

By Casey Bukro

Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists

Comedian Bill Cosby was released from prison in June after serving almost three years for drugging and assaulting a woman athlete.

In 2014, the Ethics AdviceLine for Journalists examined the Cosby case as the media were changing the ways they covered rape and the sexual conduct of celebrities and famous men, issues that continue to challenge media ethics and standards. Did media watchdogs do their jobs?


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