posted on Aug, 21 2014 @ 06:13 PM
This gentleman brings up some very interesting points, and I have to commend him for realizing he was a part of the problem and for changing that.
I think we all know this thing has turned into a spectacle. At times it seems like there are more media than protestors. All of them scrambling to
get a scoop on the next riot, looting spree or police involved shooting. Granted, that's the job, but it's becoming more and more parasitic. I think
a lot of this is fueled by social media and the attention span of the average viewer. They all try to scoop each other at the cost of real reporting
because they know real reporting doesn't matter. Sound bites and video clips matter now. The more violent the better. The more provocative the
headline the better.
If they mess up, they can just say whoops, are source was bad. Never any accountability.
So here's a bit of what this gentleman saw while he was in Ferguson.
-Cameramen yelling at residents in public meetings for standing in way of their cameras
-Cameramen yelling at community leaders for stepping away from podium microphones to better talk to residents
-TV crews making small talk and laughing at the spot where Mike Brown was killed, as residents prayed, mourned
-A TV crew of a to-be-left-unnamed major cable network taking pieces out of a Ferguson business retaining wall to weigh down their tent
-Another major TV network renting out a gated parking lot for their one camera, not letting people in. Safely reporting the news on the other side of
a tall fence.
-Journalists making the story about them
-National news correspondents glossing over the context and depth of this story, focusing instead on the sexy images of tear gas, rubber bullets,
-One reporter who, last night, said he came to Ferguson as a “networking opportunity.” He later asked me to take a picture of him with Anderson
Some of those seem rather benign, but imagine you're living in that community and you see some outsiders taking pieces of a local business to secure
their tent. It's insulting. Yelling at community leaders while they are attempting to address the community instead of the world is insulting.
Barricading yourself in a gated lot to get footage is insulting, embarrassing and a good example of how far removed from actual events the media is
The media is regurgitating bad information as fast as they can gobble it up. Think how many times we've been misled over this whole thing. Throwing
up interviews with witnesses before they speak to the police. It's embarrassing.
I'm all for the media, but I'm not for this kind of reporting where it's all flash and no substance.
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