Beck: Cosby ‘Raped’ by Reporter Asking Him About Rape Accusations

More than a dozen women have accused legendary comedian Bill Cosby of drugging and raping them, a subject he refuses to talk about. Glenn Beck, always eager to take the most appalling position imaginable, says that an AP reporter who asked him about those accusations was actually raping him.

Even though Cosby’s words made it clear that there was no agreement not to discuss the matter, Beck insisted on Thursday that the AP had “violated” its word.

“You violated it!” he exclaimed. “So now you violated me twice! You want to talk about rape? That’s media rape right there.”

“You said you would not do that! Since when does your no mean yes? Do you know the definition of no, sir?” Beck asked. “You’ve just raped Bill Cosby. You said you wouldn’t do it. You just did it. And then you blamed it on him.”

“My gosh, maybe we should have a lesson on rape.”

Yeah, because asking someone about allegations of rape is just like raping him. Don’t worry, it’s really just about ethics in journalism.

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  • scienceavenger

    …asking someone about allegations of rape is just like raping him

    Duh, just like accusing someone of racism is just like being a racist yourself.

  • Loqi

    My gosh, maybe we should have a lesson on rape.

    I’m sure Beck could get Todd Akin to teach it.

  • bushrat

    During ‘legitimate’ media rape, the celebrity’s body will stop the unwanted questions from impregnating his mind. Therefore if Cosby or Beck were offended by the reporters interview, they really wanted it and it wasn’t ‘legitimate’ media rape.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    Yeah, but in this case, “S/he was asking for it” is actually true.

  • cptdoom

    So how do we classify Cosby’s attempt to intimidate the reporter conducting the interview?

  • Ysidro

    Damn, that’s worse than Boris Johnson mouthing off in The Telegraph about how Matt Taylor has been “assaulted” for his sartorial choices.

  • http://dontlinkmebro F [i’m not here, i’m gone]

    He was Standing His Ground™?

  • grumpyoldfart

    It’s good being on the outside looking in. How many millions of complete ratbags live in the USA?

  • reddiaperbaby1942

    I haven’t followed the issue at all, and know nothing about either Mr. Cosby or the women accusing him (I only know he’s a comedian who’s apparently quite well known in American popular culture). But I can’t help thinking that the more women come out in public and accuse him of rape, the less credible the accusations become. Has he really raped twelve women, and no-one knows anything about it? It wouldn’t be the first time someone has sought publicity in this way; the American hunger for “celebrity” status — in other words, for appearing on television — seems to know no bounds.

    Speaking as an elderly woman, I hope no-one accuses me of belittling the terrrible crime of rape, or agreeing in any way, shape or form with those who do belittle it. But twelve women, and nobody knows? It boggles the imagination.

    As I said, I know nothing about the individuals involved, and haven’t followed the issue (I have better things to do with my time). It’s therefore possible I’ve misunderstood the situation, and Mr. Cosby is known for such actions in the past. If so, I apologize and stand corrected.

  • mildlymagnificent

    But twelve women, and nobody knows? It boggles the imagination.

    As I said, I know nothing about the individuals involved, and haven’t followed the issue …

    Let’s add one thing that Ed didn’t mention but that you would have noticed if you had “followed the issue”. On several occasions throughout the 4 decades over which these events are alleged to have occurred, Cosby and/or his lawyers have negotiated payments to a few of these women and have negotiated/pressured media organisations – all with the objective of playing down or entirely silencing those allegations.

    Rather than tracking down all those reports and opinion pieces, I recommend reading just one. This one for instance talks both about the recent publicity and about his own silence 7 years ago when he knew about the allegations – and believed them.

    The heart of the matter is this: A defender of Bill Cosby must, effectively, conjure a vast conspiracy, created to bring down one man, seemingly just out of spite.

    http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2014/11/the-cosby-show/382891/2/

  • mildlymagnificent

    Sorry. That link was to page 2. Here’s the link to the first page. http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2014/11/the-cosby-show/382891/

  • Marius

    @reddiaperbaby1942

    I accuse you of belittling rape.

    You admit you know nothing about the situation, and yet you’re happy saying that you think the victims are probably lying? And that you think the more victims come out, the less credible the accusations are? Because accusing a beloved celebrity of rape is such a reliable path to fame and adulation? These women are just doing it for the hell of it? This is more likely than a man in a position of power being a serial rapist? Fuck you.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Company_of_the_Wolf podkayne

    Question @10…

    so if there had been a settlement, why are these woman making a public accusation now? Or are these 12 women new to the story, and different to the ones who received out of court settlements?

  • tfkreference

    @13

    Mostly the latter.

  • malta

    @ reddiaperbaby1942, 9:

    Out of curiosity… when the Catholic Church rape scandal was finally gaining public attention, did you think that the victims’ allegations were less credible because more people stepped forward to accuse the same priest? Did you think that they were just looking for publicity? If not, why are you treating this situation any differently?

  • lofgren

    I think reddiaperbaby makes some fine points if his understanding of the situation were accurate. The trouble is that it isn’t accurate, as a cursory review of the facts would have shown and it was irresponsible to speak out while knowing that you don’t actually know what you are talking about.

    And you can’t blame the women for accepting settlements if their claims are true. They were offered a cash reward in return for not going through a difficult and dispiriting legal battle in return for nothing more than seeing their attacker punished, and possibly not even that given the way these cases all too often go. Taking the money would be tempting for anybody. They probably viewed it as taking an opportunity to move on with their lives rather than being consumed with vindictiveness. But just because it seemed like a good idea at the time does not mean that they give up their right to speak out about it later. Obviously every single one of these cases needs to be examined, but more than a dozen accusations over decades starts to smell a bit too fishy for anybody’s comfort.

    At this point it seems like the only two options are a vast, shadowy conspiracy spanning decades to smear Bill Cosby’s name or a less vast, shadowy conspiracy spanning decades to protect a beloved, powerful, very lucrative celebrity. Given the two options it’s difficult to imagine the former could be anywhere near as plausible as the latter.

  • caseloweraz

    @Marius (#12):

    I accuse you of being overwrought. What part of “Speaking as an elderly woman, I hope no-one accuses me of belittling the terrible crime of rape, or agreeing in any way, shape or form with those who do belittle it” did you fail to understand?

    It would make sense, IMO, to accuse her of being lazy, of stating opinions without doing the research necessary to have a supportable opinion. But given that false accusations of rape are not unknown, and that there is a tendency for unstable people to “pile on” when they involve a celebrity, I submit that her off-the-cuff opinion is not so outrageous. The real test would be how she responds to you — if she chooses to.

    This is a very complex issue. If you want a recent balanced account, I suggest this article in Slate. In the meantime, it would be best to avoid taking an extreme position on either side of the Cosby case.

  • reddiaperbaby1942

    I’ll try and give a general response to those who have commented, mostly negatively, on my post. I haven’t lived in the U.S. since the mid-sixties, and I don’t follow popular culture at all unless it happens to come up in some other connection, at it did here. I didn’t realize that Mr. Cosby’s actions had been made public before (# 10); that would certainly have made a difference in my thinking. I do think there’s a difference between the systematic and persistent crimes committed by the Catholic Church (as well as by other religious groups, whose persistent — and silenced — child abuse is less well known) and the rape of specific adult women by a specific adult man (# 15). And finally, in response to several posts, yes: I do believe that men in the public eye, whether in political life or elsewhere, often think that they’re justified in almost any behavior; but also that such figures may attract attacks whose chief purpose is to draw attention to the complainant.

    As for my speaking out even though I’m not familiar with the details: 1) I was actually asking for information, though my phrasing was perhaps misleading, and 2) although I’m 72 and retired, I’m still doing quite a lot of work, which tends to consume both my time and my mental energy. I try to follow the American political scene quite closely (I’m still a U.S. citizen, and I vote). So I hope I’m not offending anyone when I say I’m not willing to spend either time or energy on a matter like this, which is both petty and irksome. That’s precisely why I was asking for information.

    As for # 12: shouting abuse at me, as at the end of your post, does not advance rational debate.

  • malta

    I do think there’s a difference between the systematic and persistent crimes committed by the Catholic Church (as well as by other religious groups, whose persistent — and silenced — child abuse is less well known) and the rape of specific adult women by a specific adult man (# 15).

    So what is the difference? Because here’s what I see as the important commonality: A Catholic priest is a man held in high esteem by his community. People leap to his defense when allegations surface. And allegations follow a typical pattern: one person steps forward and others soon follow. You haven’t addressed whether the increasing number of victims led you to doubt claims made against a specific priest. (Which did seem to be the main point of your first post. You found it hard to believe that Crosby could rape 12 women without anyone speaking up.)

    But Bill Crosby raping 12 women (15, actually) with minimal repercussions is completely in line with how sexual predators work. They repeatedly prey on people who they think are too vulnerable to report the crime or unlikely to be believed. (Also, they were not all adult women. Barbara Bowman was 17 at the time.)

    So I hope I’m not offending anyone when I say I’m not willing to spend either time or energy on a matter like this, which is both petty and irksome. That’s precisely why I was asking for information.

    I’m glad you’re willing to spend enough time to write something horrifying ignorant and then have the gall to be upset when people react negatively, but not invested enough to educate yourself before you post.

  • reddiaperbaby1942

    Malta: Without trying to respond to all your points (I’m sure you’re quite right about everything), let me just say this: some things are more important than others. Climate change is important. Racism and systemic police brutality are important. Religious fundamentalism (of every kind) is important. A deteriorating school system, increasingly exposed to anti-scientific obscurantism, is important. Uncontrolled and malicious political partisanship, of the kind we’ve been seeing for the last six years at least, is important. And yes, the current pervasive culture of sexual exploitation (including but not limited to rape) is important. On that scale, the tawdry sexual misbehavior of an individual so-called “celebrity” is considerably less so, and I just wonder why we’re paying so much attention to him on a blog like this.

    We also know only too well that these kinds of accusations are often cynically abused, especially in politics, to gain an advantage over the opponent. I thought something like that might be the case here, but apparently it isn’t.

    I’m sorry you think I’m “horrifyingly ignorant”, but that’s the reason; I’m just not willing to spend the time or energy needed to find out about it. It doesn’t interest me. and I’m now sorry I ever brought it up.

    Case closed, as far as I’m concerned. It’s close to midnight here, so good night.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marilove marilove

    reddiaperbaby1942

    The sexual assault of what is now 17 women is merely “tawdry sexual misbehavior”??? Do these women not matter to you? You claim that “the current pervasive culture of sexual exploitation… is important” and you don’t count the rape and sexual assault of 17 women? Why? Because the rapist happens to be a celebrity?

    We also know only too well that these kinds of accusations are often cynically abused, especially in politics, to gain an advantage over the opponent.

    Citation needed. Otherwise this point can be completely dismissed. How do we know? Who is “we”? “All to well”? Where’s the proof? I expect clear and specific citations that provide proof of this claim of yours.

    I thought something like that might be the case here, but apparently it isn’t.

    If you think it isn’t the case, then why bring it up at all?? And then dismiss the 17 sexual assaults as mere “tawdry sexual misbehavior”? You’re contradicting yourself lef tand right

    You’re not merely “horrifyingly ignorant” — you’re also horrifyingly dismissive of something extremely important.

    I’m just not willing to spend the time or energy needed to find out about it. It doesn’t interest me.

    Ah, yes. The lives of 17 real, live human beings who were raped and sexually abused do not matter to you. It does not interest you. How noble of you.

    Case closed, as far as I’m concerned.

    Concerned? To whom? The 17 (and likely more) women who were raped and abused? Do you think the “case is closed” for those women? How convenient it must be for you to just toss this subject aside, without another worry in the world.

    Not just horrifyingly ignorant and dismissive, no; you lack compassion and empathy to a horrifying degree.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marilove marilove

    And you called the RAPE AND SEXUAL ASSAULT OF OVER A DOZEN WOMEN “petty and irksome”. What the hell is wrong with you?

  • http://itsmyworldcanthasnotyours.blogspot.com WMDKitty — Survivor

    Christ, its up to 17 women, now?

  • http://www.facebook.com/marilove marilove

    Actually, it’s either 15 or 17. I honestly don’t know for certain and it’s too depressing for me right now to investigate, so hopefully someone here knows. However woman it is — one, three, 17, 30 — it’s equally as depressing and anger-inducing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marilove marilove

    *However many women it is….

    I’m sure the meaning is clear, but still.

    Ugh. This whole thing is awful.

  • marcus

    reddiaperbaby1942 says = rape defending troll.

    If it doesn’t matter to you then why the fuck did you come over to share your ridiculous opinions?

    Oh right, you were “just asking”.

  • mithrandir

    Meanwhile, I wonder if Beck’s spirited defense of Cosby here is just because of Beck’s own refusal to answer questions about that young girl in 1990.

  • http://kamakanui.zenfolio.com Kamaka

    Actually, it’s either 15 or 17. I honestly don’t know for certain

    I doubt Bill knows either, but it is many more than the 15 or 17 that spoke up.