Heavy headlines this morning

Nov 20, 2014

"@BillCosby struggles with meaning of integrity," Josh Cornfield concludes, after watching a video of his colleague's Associated Press exchange with Cosby (which collected 2,246 shares). After being pressed for a response to the recent rape allegations, Cosby asks for the video not to be released, saying, "I think if you want to consider yourself to be serious that it will not appear anywhere ... We thought, by the way, that because it was AP, that it wouldn't be necessary to go over that question with you ... The reason we didn't say that upfront was because we thought AP had the integrity to not ask." Daily Beast's Michael Moynihan reacts, "Bill Cosby is upset that an AP reporter doesn’t have the 'integrity' to pretend that he’s not a reporter." Julia Belluz with Vox calls it a "[b]izarre window into celeb journalism, and how Bill Cosby has managed to avoid accountability for so long." Micah Grimes at ABC News adds, "Kudos to @AP reporter, through a shaking voice, pressing Bill Cosby ... and @AP for now publishing this video."

The national conversation on rape continues, too, with Rolling Stone piece from Sabrina Rubin Erdely, who investigates the University of Virginia and its problem with campus rape. "This piece by @SabrinaRErdely made me feel, think, and want to change the world. Disturbing and important. Read it," advises Shawna Ohm at Yahoo Finance.

Early this morning, Florida State University warned of a "dangerous situation," which concluded with three injured by gunshots and the gunman reportedly dead after opening fire in the campus library. An alleged video taken at the scene of the library shooting has emerged.

And lest you think the Uber story had subsided, here's another wrinkle: Michael Wolff offers his own account behind the scenes at Uber/BuzzFeed fracas. It's not really so much a takedown of Ben Smith's take as it is a grumbling rejoinder. "TL; DR: I regret inviting that asshole to dinner," TechCrunch's Ryan Lawler helpfully tweets. Still, Jeff Jarvis is dismayed: "I can't believe how @MichaelWolffNYC threw @BuzzFeedBen under the Uber car." This story is rife with pun possibilities.

Speaking of BuzzFeed and Uber, here's Johana Bhuiyan with the latest on what Uber drivers really make (according to their pay stubs). GigaOm's Mathew Ingram has a bone to pick with it, though: "What this BuzzFeed analysis of Uber pay for drivers doesn't say: Still way better than driving a cab." 

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