Mr. Cosby and Mr. Brown did in fact have a telephone conversation. Mr. Brown identified himself as a freelance reporter for a number of African-American media outlets, which prompted Mr. Cosby’s comment regarding the African-American media.
Mr. Brown did not indicate that he was interviewing Mr. Cosby for publication, did not say that he was reporting for the New York Post, and did not tell Mr. Cosby that the conversation was being recorded. In a discussion of journalistic standards, Mr. Brown failed to adhere to the most basic standards of his profession.”
In response, Brown says that he records all his interviews.
“People always they are misquoted. I don’t want to misquote anyone,” Brown says.
He didn’t inform Cosby that he was being reported, but says that when talking to a reporter, you should assume that that is the case. He says that when Cosby was informed that The Informer had published stories quoting fans that supported him, Cosby told him he wanted to ensure Brown and the paper were “treated like royalty.”
Brown says with that in mind, that he was surprised by Cosby’s lawyer’s response and surprised by the response to the story, which was quoted in other mainstream media outlets, including The Associated Press. Brown did not initially think he even had enough for a story, but that the quotes he’s gotten have been used in stories for over 1300 media outlets, according to Google.
“He did say something about his wife and about the Black media. I do believe that he wants to talk.”
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