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Why Bill Cosby Defender Whoopi Goldberg Champions Lost Causes

In this May 14, 2014 file photo, co-host Whoopi Goldberg attends the "A Celebration of Barbara Walters," celebration in New York. Goldberg has a deal with Hachette Books for a “provocative” take on the “downsides” of marriage, the publisher announced Tuesday, Nov. 11. The book, currently untitled, is scheduled to come out next September. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)
In this May 14, 2014 file photo, co-host Whoopi Goldberg attends the “A Celebration of Barbara Walters,” celebration in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File)

(The Washington Post) – As an actress, Whoopi Goldberg’s track record is mixed. Yes, she starred in “The Color Purple” and won an Oscar for “Ghost” — but she also made “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.”

As a patron saint of lost causes on “The View,” however,” Goldberg’s record is much more consistent. Wednesday, for example, she came to the defense of embattled comedian Bill Cosby after news of his admission that he provided drugs to women he intended to have sex with.

“I say this because this is my opinion, and in America still, I know it’s a shock, but you actually were innocent until proven guilty,” Goldberg said, as The Washington Post’s Soraya Nadia McDonald reported. “He has not been proven a rapist.”

On one hand, Goldberg spoke the truth: Cosby has denied all allegations of sexual assault, and has not been charged with a crime. But, on the other: Why was she defending an alleged serial rapist whose visage is being removed from Disney theme parks and, possibly, erased from murals? Just to be a pain in Michelle Collins’s tuchus?

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