Views Preview: The media's role in the Ferguson, Missouri conflict

Aug 19, 2014

So much has happened in Ferguson, Missouri.  Nearly a dozen reporters have been arrested while on the job.  We've learned the identity of Michael Brown's shooter: six-year police veteran Darren Wilson. St. Louis NBC-affiliate KSDK-TV aired video of his home.  Governor Jay Nixon instituted -- and lifted -- curfews and called in the Missouri National Guard.

And we saw it all live -- online, on air and in print.

KSDK, “KSDK issues apology to officer, audience

Margaret Gillerman, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “Crowd rallies at KSDK to support Ferguson police officer

Adam Serwer, MSNBC: "Why did Ferguson Police release the convenience store video?

Rebecca Kaplan, CBS ‘Face the Nation’: “Jay Nixon: Ferguson robbery video had an ‘incendiary effect’

Mark Berman & Wesley Lowery, Washington Post: “Ferguson police say Michael Brown was a robbery suspect, identify Darren Wilson as officer who shot him

Anchors or activists?

Michael Brown's parents gave their first television interview to MSNBC's Politics Nation.  But, it was their second -- with CNN's Don Lemon -- that has people talking.  Lemon has been on the ground in Ferguson for the better part of a week.  Before leaving, he did this seven-minute interview with Michael Brown Sr. and Lesley McSpadden.

Howard Kurtz, Fox News: “How reporters are driving the murky Michael Brown coverage – sometimes too fast

Jeffrey Meyer, NewsBusters: “NBC’s Mitchell declares Al Sharpton in Ferguson ‘on a peace mission’

CBS DC, “Gilbert Arenas blasts Sharpton in race-laced rant over Ferguson protests

Josh Feldman, Mediaite: “Sharpton fights back at NBA player, critics of his Ferguson trip

Arresting reporters: Criminalizing reporting?

Wednesday night, Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery and Ryan J. Riley, of the Huffington Post, were the first reporters arrested in Ferguson.  Since then, another 10 have been taken into custody and released.  An Al Jazeera crew was tear gassed and police dismantled their equipment.  And, Sunday night, this chilling scene (beware offensive language):

Jack Mirkinson, Huffington Post: “Why what happened to reporters in Ferguson matters so much

Casey Nolen, KSDK: “TV crews hit by bean bags, tear gas

Wesley Lowery, Washington Post: “In Ferguson, Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery gives account of his arrest

Brian Fung, Washington Post: “How social media freed reporters Wesley Lowery and Ryan Reilly from Ferguson police

Jack Mirkinson, Huffington Post: “Police threaten to shoot, mace reporters in Ferguson

Alexia Campbell & Reena Flores, National Journal: “How police are keeping journalists from doing their jobs in Ferguson

Matthew Yglesias, Vox: “Curfew rules make journalism illegal

William Freivogel, St. Louis Public Radio: “Police force and First Amendment trespasses in the Ferguson protests

National vs. local media

Jesse Bogan, St. Louis Post Dispatch: "Why did the Michael Brown shooting happen here?"

Randy Kennedy & Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times: “Ferguson images evoke civil rights era and changing visual perceptions

Benjamin Mullin, Poynter: “How St. Louis’ alt-weekly is covering chaos in Ferguson

Jeannette Cooperman, Al Jazeera America: “St. Louis: A city divided

William Powell, The Atlantic: “The roots of violence in Ferguson

David Carr, New York Times: “View of #Ferguson thurst Michael Brown shooting to national attention

James Packard, KOMU: “Former police chief: People don’t understand Ferguson police tactics

Finally… for something different

Credit via FreeJamesFoley.org

ISIS beheads American journalist James Foley

The militant Jihadist group ISIS released video of the beheading of American journalist James Foley.  According to the four-minute video, the murder was in retaliation for U.S. military strikes on the group in Iraq.

Foley had been held captive since going missing in November 2012.

YouTube removed the clip.

Sophie McBain, New Statesman: "ISIS video appears to show killing of US journalist James Foley"

Dan Lamonthe, Washington Post: "#ISISMediaBlackout goes viral following purported execution of James Foley"

Chelsea J. Carter, CNN: "Video shows ISIS beheading US. journalist James Foley"

Rukmini Callimachi, New York Times: "Militant group says it killed American journalist in Syria"

Rukmini Callimach, New York Times: "Paying ransoms, Europe bankrolls Qaeda terror"

Meet the Press says goodbye to David Gregory

The rumors swirled for much of last week, after an exclusive Politico report, that David Gregory was out at Meet the Press.  NBC made it official on Thursday.  Chuck Todd will take over as moderator of the program on September 7.

Katherine Fung, Huffington Post: “Here’s how ‘Meet the Press’ said goodbye to David Gregory

Tony Maglio, The Wrap: “Chuck Todd to take over ‘Meet the Press’ in September

Adam Chandler, Yahoo News: “David Gregory has four million reasons to stay quiet about leaving ‘Meet the Press’

Eric Deggans, NPR: “4 more things NBC must do to save ‘Meet the Press’