Ferguson Updates and Cable News Failures

by Greg Pollowitz

MSNBC’s Al Sharpton is planning to visit Ferguson. Of note, MSNBC had no coverage last night as the protest/rioting/looting was occurring. Nor did Fox News or CNN, for that matter.

Honestly, what’s the point of cable news channels if when a huge news story is breaking live, the channels choose to air idiotic, pre-taped programming instead of the major story?

MSNBC’s lack of coverage was especially egregious as they’re the network that employs Al Sharpton. Chris Hayes was covering Ferguson last night, albeit on his Twitter feed:

Yeah, “we see you,” just not on MSNBC.

Some of the best coverage last night was from Antonio French, a St. Louis Alderman. He posted video this morning of an interview with an alleged witness to the Michael Brown shooting (language warning):

If this eyewitness is legit, it’s an important find as the story from the Ferguson Police Department is that there was some sort of altercation between Brown and the officers before the shooting and this confirms that. And if I’m hearing this video correctly, the man speaking seems to say that Brown had stolen three boxes of candy earlier in the day, but the police weren’t responding to that. 

Another alleged eyewitness claimed the encounter started after police found Brown walking down the middle of the street and yelled, “get the f*** on the sidewalk.”

More updates:

A St. Louis Post-Dispatch photographer was assaulted by protesters.

The protest scheduled for this morning at 10:00 a.m. has been canceled and the Brown family released this statement on the violence:

“I just want everyone to know and understand that the stealing and breaking in stores is not what Mike will want, it is very upsetting to me and my family. Our family didn’t ask for this but for Justice and Peace…. Please let my family grieve in Peace in stop the violence in the street tonight, we don’t want this happing when we protest for justice for my cousin Mike Brown, please get this message out to the people that the Mike Brown family do not want this“

32 people were arrested last night.

More to come?

“This is exactly what is supposed to be happening when an injustice is happening in your community,” he said, adding: “You have kids getting killed for nothing.”

Smith, who moved to St. Louis from New York in December, said there could be more to come.

“I don’t think it’s over honestly,” he said. “I just think they got a taste of what fighting back means.”

And the Post-Dispatch has some great photos up on their website of the violence from last night and the aftermath this morning.


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