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Bill Cosby's bad bet that old media gatekeepers could still keep secrets for him

The discussion on "Media Buzz" today was about Bill Cosby and the way one of the greatest careers in TV history was coming undone in the face of allegations of sexual assault and rape from 16 women.

Here's a link to the video, with me stating without reservation that Cosby's legacy has already been greatly damaged. (I hate not being able to post the video itself on my blog, but this platform is having technical difficulties.)

I am also including the AP interview (video above) with Cosby, even though everyone has probably seen it by now.

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The reason for including it is to ask you to watch it through a very specific lens. Watch it as a snapshot of someone who does not know the media world has changed and thinks his powerful publicist can make a phone call to a gatekeeper (in this case, Associated Press) and keep a story away from the public.

There still are gatekeepers. Indeed, AP behaved like one from the old days sitting on the interview for almost two weeks.

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But gatekeepers can no longer totally shut down the flow of information. The Internet and social media have shredded that iron curtain.

The story came out last week through other means as new developments unfolded, and AP had to finally publish its damning video of a high-handed Cosby trying to bully an AP reporter into silence while ordering his publicist to call the reporter's boss.

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