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No matter what one thinks about Bill Cosby his recent comments about the mainstream media, what it does and the power it wields are spot on.
The former sitcom star and comedian took to his Twitter, and his spokesman, after his release from prison, and laced into the media and how it is to blame of the events at the Capitol on January 6, Deadline reported.
“This (sic) mainstream media are the Insurrectionists, who stormed the Capitol. Those same Media Insurrectionists are trying to demolish the Constitution of these United State of America on this Independence Day,” the statement by spokesman Andrew Wyatt said. “No technicality — it’s a violation of ones rights & we the people stand in support of Ms. Phylicia Rashad.”
“Mainstream media has irresponsibly, egregiously and inexcusably misled the public with out of context coverage regarding Bill Cosby’s deposition testimony. This shall serve as a grave reminder of the consequences that come with lying to the American people to satisfy an agenda,” he said on Twitter.
He went on to defend himself from the charges he was convicted of in his case, which was later overturned because he had a deal with the previous district attorney that said his testimony in a civil case would not be used against him in a criminal case.
“In response to the rhetoric that the media keeps pushing, Bill Cosby never admitted in his deposition testimony, or anywhere else, to nonconsensual sexual contact with any woman and/or the drugging of anyone — he has never admitted to spiking drinks, as the media would like you…” he said.
“’The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.’ ― Malcolm X,” his said to finish his Twitter thread.
As far as the events of January 6, it appears that House Speaker and California Rep. Nancy Pelosi will have to go it alone, with only Democrats and one lone Republican, Rep. Liz Cheney the anti-Trumper, to form her committee to investigate.
Punchbowl News reported that McCarthy will reportedly strip any Republican member of committee assignments if they serve on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s January 6 committee.
“During a closed-door meeting with freshman House Republicans, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said: If they do, ‘they better be ready to get all their committee assignments from her,” the outlet reported.
Last week, Pelosi named Cheney to her new select committee to investigate the January 6 at the U.S. Capitol.
Cheney said in a statement that she is “honored” to serve on the committee and that “Congress is obligated to conduct a full investigation of the most serious attack on our Capitol since 1814.”
Under the resolution to create the panel, Pelosi would appoint eight members and McCarthy would name five.
Pelosi knows this is all about politics, so she may select a Republican who is vehemently against Donald Trump to serve on the committee so she appears “bipartisan.”
For her part, Cheney has refused to back down in her feud with Donald Trump.
Back in May, House Republicans removed Cheney as GOP conference chair over her opposition to Trump.
“If you want leaders who will enable and spread [Trump’s] destructive lies, I’m not your person, you have plenty of others to choose from,” Cheney said at the time before the vote.
According to a report, Cheney “secretly orchestrated” an op-ed in the Washington Post from all living former secretaries of defense slamming Trump’s handling of the military in January, according to the New Yorker.
A good friend of Cheney’s, Eric Edelman, reportedly told the New Yorker that Cheney had personally met with all 10 living former defense secretaries, including Trump’s first defense secretary, Jim Mattis, urging them to participate in the op-ed.
“She was the one who generated it because she was so worried about what Trump might do,” Edelman told the magazine. “It speaks to the degree that she was concerned about the threat to our democracy that Trump represented.”