In some of his first public comments since an explosion of drugging and rape allegations, Bill Cosby said he expects the “black media” to remain neutral when they’re covering charges by more than 20 women going back as much as four decades. The comments were made to a New York Post reporter, Stacy Brown, who reached Cosby by phone at his Massachussetts home.

“Let me say this. I only expect the black media to uphold the standards of excellence in journalism and when you do that you have to go in with a neutral mind,” Cosby is quoted as saying, though he declined to directly respond to the allegations.

Asked how his wife, Camille Cosby, was dealing with the strain of all the allegations, he said, “Love and the strength of womanhood. Let me say it again, love and the strength of womanhood. And, you could reverse it, the strength of womanhood and love.”

Cosby had been silent about the allegations previously, and quickly caught himself, cutting off the interview: “They don’t want me talking to the media.”