I decided to reblog a very well-written story that was published yesterday about people trying to simply get on with their lives near Ferguson. I certainly understand this is a very big news story and deserves coverage, but the quality of coverage has been appallingly bad. Instead of trying to sit down with some members of the community or experts and have a productive conversation, they instead try to stand right in the middle of the crowds and almost seem elated when a water bottle gets thrown and go into a feeding frenzy. They refuse to take a breath and offer reflective coverage and instead choose to blather on with absolutely useless and repetitive information.
Given the coverage of the non-stop coverage of the missing Malaysian plane, the Boston bombing, and so many other recent news stories… it is clear we have to fend for ourselves to get an accurate reporting of any breaking news and print media is still king when you want substance and not hype.
CNN has been focusing almost exclusively on live reporting from the protests and have forgotten any other news in the world like Syria, Ukraine, Iraq, Ebola, and so many other important stories. They are much more focused on “say and report it first” then have Anderson Cooper apologize and correct it later than to step back and give us some meaningful analysis or interviews from the actual protesters. Wolf Blitzer is running around like a chicken with his head cut off and reminds me of that Ted Baxter character from the Mary Tyler Moore show.
Currently PBS along with the network evening news are the only sources for any semblance of actual news reporting on TV. CNN is incompetent while Fox and MSNBC are unabashed propaganda. I wish the BBC would simply buy CNN and bring some journalistic integrity back to this country which is so desperately needed. Anderson Cooper is the only person left at CNN with any sort of gravitas.
I hope you enjoy this very touching story as much as I did. Blogs from actual people in Ferguson are currently providing far better reporting than anything you will see on TV.
Meanwhile, just outside of ferguson…
Originally posted on don of all trades:
I followed a trail of blood up the concrete steps as Deja vu overtook my thoughts.
I’d been here before, just a few short months ago, doing the same exact thing, following a trail of blood to an open front door.
As was the case then, on this night there had been another call for shots fired heard coming from the street.
A trail of blood, an open door and no body to be found.
Just like last time, the person was taken to the hospital by a friend, so we wait to hear from the hospital when they make their mandatory call about somebody coming into the emergency room with bullets in their body.
As I was checking the house for another injured or dead person, I couldn’t help but notice that the house was exactly as it had been before.
There was no furniture in the living room…
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