Chauncey Bailey Project

’60 Minutes’ show cuts quote that upset Post chief

Oakland Post publisher Paul Cobb, center, at the scene where Post editor Chauncey Bailey was shot dead at the corner of 14th and Alice streets in Oakland on Aug. 2, 2007. (D. Ross Cameron, Oakland Tribune)
Oakland Post publisher Paul Cobb, center, at the scene where Post editor Chauncey Bailey was shot dead at the corner of 14th and Alice streets in Oakland on Aug. 2, 2007. (D. Ross Cameron, Oakland Tribune)

Publisher Paul Cobb denies he was first to link journalist Chauncey Bailey’s slaying to Your Black Muslim Bakery.

Staff Reports, Chauncey Bailey Project

The CBS News program “60 Minutes” piece on the killing of journalist Chauncey Bailey that aired Sunday didn’t contain a quote from an assistant police chief in Oakland that the editor of the late editor’s paper said was inaccurate and endangered him.

The comment about Oakland Post publisher Paul Cobb by Oakland Police Department Assistant Chief Howard Jordan was cut because of time constraints, assistant “60 Minutes” producer Kathy Liu wrote in an e-mail Sunday.

In an advance segment of the piece that local CBS affiliate KPIX broadcast Friday, Jordan told reporter Anderson Cooper it was Cobb who first linked Bailey’s slaying to Your Black Muslim Bakery, the controversial institution about which Bailey was pursing a story.

Cobb said the comment was not correct and endangered him. He has received death threats since Bailey’s death and said Jordan’s comment made it seem as if he were an informant. When police asked Cobb the day of the slaying what Bailey was working on, he included the Bakery story with several others in his answer.

Detective Derwin Longmire then said police had already linked the killing to the bakery, both Cobb and his attorney, Walter Riley, have said. A bakery handyman was charged with the killing the next day.

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