The New England Patriots lose far fewer fumbles compared to other teams in the NFL and it’s not even close. At first, when the media focus was on throwing and catching, the idea of a deflated ball influencing one or two catches a game, didn’t seem like a huge deal. But when you consider its potential impact on fumbles, i.e. turnovers–probably the most decisive event in football games–it really matters.
The job of the news should be to clarify where there is rumor, confusion, misinterpretation: printing the cartoon and helping guide readers toward a more accurate reading of its meaning seems in line with journalism’s purpose, and avoiding this gives off the impression that there is some truth to those who view the cover as incendiary.
Race isn’t the only difference separating the two: the plausibility of their respective crimes are pretty different, i.e. 20 accusations vs 1. Plus Cosby hasn’t done anything culturally relevant for decades, except chastise black men to pull up their pants, whereas Allen has made a number of above average, if not great, films.