September 09, 2018

Media’s job-shaming “hit piece” on ex-Cosby star backfires

David MenziesMission Specialist

Recently, ex-Cosby Show cast member Geoffrey Owens was “outted” by The Daily Mail when he was observed working at a Trader Joe’s.


The article seemed to take a a measure of glee in noting how a star of a top-rated sitcom from 1985 to 1992 was now doing menial labour for about $11/hour at a supermarket located in Clifton, New Jersey.

In the end though, this hit-piece on Owens makes for a bad news/good news story.

The bad news is that The Daily Mail thought this was actually newsworthy to begin with but the good news was that the vast majority of commentators went to bat for Owens.

While this is supposedly “gotcha” journalism, there really is no “gotcha” moment.

What was the point in publishing this story other than to shame somebody who is actually deserving of praise?

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commented 2018-09-10 00:03:58 -0400
Owens is the hero here in my books, and the Daily Mail story writer is the bum. Honest work doing anything legitimate is honorable. Trashing someone for doing honest work is dishonorable and despicable.
commented 2018-09-09 23:32:29 -0400
I live in a small town where there are mostly seniors living here. They work at Walmart, Home Depot, the Dollar Store. They had jobs for years and are now working at these places doing great jobs. There are just too many mean and vindictive people using the internet to be just that – mean and vindictive. They have no sense of compassion, empathy for anyone and are simply having fun making fun of other people. They are immature and on a power trip being cruel. A sad world. As far as I’m concerned, good for these people who get out and do whatever for whatever reasons. Why not?
commented 2018-09-09 19:50:34 -0400
There are some benefits to McJobs… Freedom!!! When your shift is done you are free to do what you want. No emails to follow up on, no calls from the boss in the middle of dinner, no meetings, no reports, no stress!
commented 2018-09-09 18:34:10 -0400
If we were back in saner times all these left wing freaks would all be in mental hospitals !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
commented 2018-09-09 16:36:01 -0400
Can one really expect any better from the left, far left, Alt. left or what else they call themselves,.Idiots and morons or maroons as my favorite rabbit likes to say would suit them much better.
commented 2018-09-09 14:08:44 -0400
It wasn’t a media hit piece. The photo was taken by a Trader Joe’s customer and they posted it on their social media sites to shame him and the media just picked up on it. We are also talking about the Daily Mail here. A sort of National Enquirer type of source.

The MSM media was actually pretty supportive of Owens as he eventually did interviews with them, which resulted in him getting tons of job offers.

This is kinda Fake News, Dave.
commented 2018-09-09 13:12:26 -0400
It shows how out of touch the fakestream media really is. They see themselves as being part of the ruling political class & all others as being serfs it seems.
commented 2018-09-09 13:11:35 -0400
It shows how out of touch the fakestream media relay is. They see themselves as being part of the ruling political class & all others as being serfs it seems.