When you take something that is not authentic or your own original idea and pass it off as if it’s real or yours — you have committed a crime – morally and criminally! Unfortunately, so many people get away with it that it becomes the norm, but does it make it right? When we as society accept criminal minded behavior, lies, fraud and wrongdoings purposely against other humans we become desensitized and ignorant.
What it does is make you second guess the person creating the counterfeit “goods” – tangible or not. In this case we have an original interview that has been distorted — chopped up and screwed to make it appear creepy and 100% authentic….
Recently tabloid outlets, National Enquirer and RadarOnline published a short edited audio clip from an interview that Cassidy McMillian claim she was granted by Bill Cosby in 2011 regarding her bullying documentary.
The email correspondence below shows that Mr. Cosby did an interview with Daood Obaid in April, 2011. Obaid asked Cosby if McMillian could listen in on the conversation but not for the purpose of her documentary. McMillian was only allowed on the call to discuss bullying – also Cosby allowed Obaid to record the interview because Obaid said, “I would like to make sure you’re quoted correctly.”
Please see original email below —
Dear Mr. David Brokaw:
Hello I’m Daood Obaid and I interviewed Dr. Bill Cosby and the Vice President Dr. Heffernan of Verbum Dei High School/Financial challenge to keep the school open for “Our Weekly,” and the “Los Angeles, Watts Times newspapers of 2009.
The subject matter of bullying has been on the rise for sometimenow and I would like to interview Dr. Bill Cosby regarding Canada’s case of Dawn-Marie Wesley who at the age of 14 hung herself subsequent of being bullied along with the national crisis of this issue. Ms. Cassidy McMillian created a play specifically to Dawn-Marie Wesley and a documentary “Rats & Bullies.” With Dr. Bill Cosby’s permission I would like to include Ms. Cassidy McMillian in a three-way discussion of bullying.
Clearly, Cassidy McMillan did not conduct the interview and was, in fact, an interviewee. So almost five years later an edited audio clip appears while the media is already dragging down a man who has denied everything…What a conscience—even while I listening to the clip you can hear for yourself that the audio has been edited –chopped and screwed!!
The original hour long interview was in regards to bullying – and the version that is edited sounds as if Cosby is just throwing things from the left, when in reality the point and cases Cosby raised were the Compton case and the Cleveland Texas Case. See for yourself, during “The Cleveland Texas” case the defense lawyer asked the girl if she had made any sexual advances to the boy and then its quoted as saying it did not matter because she is 11 and cannot consent– this is the point it appears Cosby was trying to make in this interview
People wonder why Bill Cosby is quiet – and not addressing the allegations….I would be quiet too – if everything I said was twisted, distorted and used against me. Makes me ask, and you should be asking too, was the original person who was granted the interview, Obaid, ok with how McMillian misrepresented herself to these media outlets about interviewing Cosby for her own documentary? Or did he give her permission to release an edited altered audio misrepresenting the interview?
I question, why did Cassidy McMillian misrepresent herself to tabloid sites, National Enquirer and RadarOnline, about the interview with Bill Cosby that she did not conduct? What does she have to gain? Why is she not releasing the hour long audio? McMillian started several donation accounts including a Go Fund me account to raise money for her documentary — on bullying.
Now – McMillian’s integrity and reputation is questionable – professionally and ethically. Documentaries are fact based. Will she be able to do a documentary on bullying factually –when her actions are representing those of a bully? Can we take her work seriously due to documented questionable ethics? Recently she hailed Gloria Allred as a “champion” and said she believed the women on a podcast to KABC…. McMillian seems to be promoting bullying and the bullies — maybe that’s why she hasn’t been able to finish her documentary on a matter that she may not totally comprehend.
It appears she presented a distorted knock off version of the original audio clip to these media outlets. So are the media outlets now accepting “stolen and or counterfeit goods”? Makes me wonder why didn’t the media outlets do their homework- but it’s possible and has been proven that many media outlets are ok with spreading an edited altered version of the truth – I would imagine it would benefit their massive media manipulation –and their constant smear campaign against Bill Cosby. Also, using Bill Cosby’s name gains more web traffic which generates more ad revenue…it’s all about the “clicks” and not the facts, perhaps? But hey I am just a blogger with integrity trying to spread the truth….
When people intentionally deceive others and they have no regards, remorse or it doesn’t bother them consciously – be afraid be very afraid…
Here is a great article on what readers expectations should be when reading news….
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