Bill Cosby's sexual assault saga entered a new chapter Wednesday when Pennsylvania authorities brought felony charges against the comedian. The charges come on the heels of increasingly intensifying media scrutiny of Cosby's relationships with the more than 50 women who have come forward to accuse him of—in most cases—drugging and raping them.
If you thought the story's new turn would simply prompt people to call for justice in the case or pray for the victims, remember—it's election season! Partisans weren't going to let an opportunity to smear an opponent slip by. Following news of the charges against Cosby, right-wingers took to Twitter to ask: If Bill Cosby is being charged with sexual assault, why wasn't Bill Clinton?
Why is the media so eager to go after Bill Cosby but so uninterested in the crimes of Bill Clinton? Is it that Cosby is not liberal enough?
A Vocativ analysis of social chatter revealed that Clinton has been mentioned 3,218 times in connection with Cosby. Comparisons of the two stem from Clinton's allegedly womanizing past, and specifically from Juanita Broaddrick's accusation that Clinton raped her in 1978. During Paula Jones' investigation of Clinton in 1998, Broaddrick swore in an affidavit that rumors about Clinton assaulting her were unfounded. A year later, Broaddrick reversed herself and did an interview with NBC at the height of Clinton's impeachment stating that he had, in fact, assaulted her.
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Bill Clinton's life of womanizing: consensual encounters and accusations of misconduct
Conservatives ask: If Bill Cosby was indicted, why not Bill Clinton?
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 23: Gennifer Flowers (R) blows a kiss to talk show host Larry King (L) during her live interview on CNN's Larry King Live show in Hollywood, CA 23 January. According to reports leaked to the press, US President Bill Clinton admitted during a deposition in the Paula Jones investigation to having an affair with Flowers while he was governor of Arkansas. (Photo credit should read RENE MACURA/AFP/Getty Images)
Former White House intern Monica S. Lewinsky is shown in three photos taken from her freshman, sophmore and junior yearbooks at Beverly Hills High School in Beverly Hills, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1998. Whitewater prosecutors have expanded their investigation to determine whether President Clinton had an affair with Lewinsky and tried to get her to lie about it in an affidavit she gave in Paula Jones' sexual harassment lawsuit. (AP Photo/HO)
Dolly Kyle Browning poses in Dallas on Feb. 5, 1998. Mrs. Browning, a longtime female acquaintance of President Clinton, who previously said the two had a sexual relationship, has contended in a lawsuit that Clinton and associates took action to prevent her from publishing a "semi-autobiographical" novel. The lawsuit was filed Monday in U.S. District Court while the president was testifying by closed-circuit television to a federal grand jury in the Monica Lewinsky investigation. (AP Photo/Ron Heflin, File)
Former Miss America Elizabeth Ward poses with her Miss Arkansas crown in Hot Springs, Ark., on July, 13, 1981. Ward, now Elizabeth Ward Gracen, told the New York Daily News that she had consensual sex with Bill Clinton when he served as Arkansas governor. (AP Photo/File)
Former beauty queen Sally Perdue of Houston, Texas, announces plan Wed. May 16, 1990 to become the first American to run the length of the Great Wall of China. The 1958 Miss Arkansas said in 1992 that she had had an affair with Clinton in 1983. She claimed that she had been warned not to go public by a Democratic Party official. (AP Photo/str-Le Jen Chen)
An emotional Paula Jones takes a moment to compose herself as she addresses the media at a news conference in Dallas, Thursday, April 16, 1998. Jones and her attorneys will ask an appeals court to reverse a judge's dismissal of her lawsuit and force President Clinton to stand trial for sexual harassment. (AP Photo/Ron Heflin)
Friends of Juanita Broaddrick protest on the sidewalk in front of Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign headquarters in New York, Aug. 19, 2000. The group protested Mrs. Clinton's lack of response to Broaddrick's allegation that she was raped in 1978 by then Arkansas Attorney General Bill Clinton. (AP Photo/Ed Bailey)
Former White House volunteer Kathleen Willey speaks about her relationship with President Bill Clinton, May 11, 1999 in Washington, DC on the television show 'Hardball' with Chris Mathews. On September 21, 2000, Willey, now known as Kathleen Willey Schwicker, announced that she is suing Clinton, First Lady Hillary Clinton and other White House personnel for violations of privacy and civil rights. (Photo by Michael Smith/Newsmakers)
The emergence of former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, second from left in this combination picture, into the political spot light this week, has cast doubts on the character of President Clinton. The situations of other women, which have also raised questions on Clinton's character, are Gennifer Flowers, left, Paula Jones, third from left, and Kathleen Willey. (AP Photo)
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Media outlets deemed the claims unfounded on the basis that no physical evidence was available and that she'd changed her story from the sworn denial. No charges were brought against Clinton and he denied the charges.
Picking the scabs of Bubba's sexual indiscretions comes at time when presidential front-runner and thrice-married paragon of morality Donald Trump has not-so-cryptically suggested to Hillary Clinton that he'll start going after her husband's past if she doesn't stop suggesting he's a sexist. If you're hoping to not have to relive all of Bubba's baggage again in 2016, prepare to be disappointed.