You know, I really get sick and tired of the constant Bill Cosby news as he’s crucified on talk radio and online discussion forums. No, I really don’t care if he’s guilty or not, that isn’t the job of the media or the Internet to decide, that’s something that the courts get to argue and come back with a verdict on.
I was asked a couple of days ago if I thought he was guilty or innocent and I said I had no idea and, as I said above, I wasn’t the one responsible for making that decision and wow, all hell broke loose. Never mind that nobody has the evidence laid out before them so they can make a credible determination, it’s all about trying people in the court of public opinion! Nothing else matters! And when you refuse to do that, people get angry at you because they’re so invested in the decision, they can’t imagine anyone not immediately leaping to a conclusion, whether they have any intellectual reason to think so or not. It’s all rampant emotionalism, the bane of my existence.
Worse, they don’t care why I might not care to be making public pronouncements of guilt or innocence, it doesn’t matter to them. I’m not on the jury. I have no access to the evidence and even if I did, my opinion means nothing to his guilt in a court of law. So why is it so essential that I have an opinion? If he’s guilty, he deserves to be punished. If they can’t prove his guilt, then he deserves to be exonerated. But that’s not how a lot of high profile crimes work in America these days, it doesn’t matter if they’re guilty or not, their name will be dragged through the mud for weeks and months and even if later found not guilty, people really don’t care. The damage to their reputation is done, their career could already be destroyed, even if they didn’t do anything wrong.
So please, and this has nothing to do with Cosby, but for any case being tried in the court of public opinion, stop pretending that you know a damn thing about the actual case except what the media, biased ratings whores that they are, are telling you. I wouldn’t trust them farther than I could throw them. I also don’t trust the lawyers, especially Gloria Allred and her ilk, to tell anything remotely resembling the truth. She’s got an agenda and being honest has nothing to do with it. When the case goes to court, it goes to court. We’ll find out the results. The person is either guilty or not guilty. What you feel about the case has nothing whatsoever to do with what actually happens in the courtroom. Stop pretending that it does.