November 23rd, 2014
03:12 PM ET

Cosby pressures reporter who asked about sexual assault allegations

Associated Press reporter Brett Zongker tells Brian Stelter about the moment Bill Cosby asked him to "scuttle" a videotaped question about the rape allegations Cosby is facing.

The A.P. published the video of the November 6 interview on November 19.

"He said that if I was a serious journalist, we wouldn't use any of this footage," Zongker said.

"That was my favorite part, and by favorite, I mean most horrifying," Stelter replied. "That's the opposite of a serious journalist!"

"It surprised me quite a bit that he questioned my integrity for even asking the question," Zongker said.

"I have been an admirer of Bill Cosby growing up, watching him on television," he added. "I didn't want to ask these questions, but I had to ask these questions because I'm a journalist and I was doing my job."

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    Reliable Sources characterizes Bill Cosby as "bullying the reporter, Zonkger by questioning his, Zonkger's integrity, but Cosby's demeanor did not strike me as "bullying" or if so Zonkger was guilty of bullying Cosby by questioning Cosby's integrity. Zongker may have asked the questions he was "obligated" to ask and Cosby apparently felt obligated to request he not use that footage. Either both are bullies or neither are.

    November 23, 2014 at 9:08 pm | Reply

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