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Webcams vs. TV news aka Real News vs. Speculative Blather

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There's a fascinating article about the recent crisis in Ferguson, Missouri in today's Los Angeles Times... in the Calendar section of all places. It compares and contrasts webcams points of view and TV news coverage of identical events. Per the author of the article, Robert Lloyd, "The news is by necessity, even by definition, exclusionary. But by triple-underlining the most notable or exciting aspects of a story — the "dramatic" elements..." it decides things for the viewer.

In other words, a stationary camera allows the onlooker to scrutinize details and activities beyond the flashy headlines.

TV news runs and reruns the most memorable or sensational clips ad nauseam, while webcams capture reality as it unfolds, impartially, albeit limited by its angle and vantage point. Details become focal points, if the audience is patient enough to notice them.

Sometimes the camera looked up the street and sometimes it looked down, but in either case it sat and looked. [...] Obviously, if you want to understand what's been happening in Ferguson, you need more than a Web stream. But it offers another way of looking at things and, in some ways, a more profound one.

The news is by necessity, even by definition, exclusionary. But by triple-underlining the most notable or exciting aspects of a story — the "dramatic" elements — the media also deform the reality they report upon...

Regular readers know that one of my pet peeves is media coverage, with all the endless speculation and misinformation out there, often just to boost ratings. And don't get me started on empty time-filling convos. Robert Lloyd pointed out a mutual gripe-- mind reading:

TV news cuts things up, cuts away and litters the screen with boxes and text and throws up a wall of speculating talking heads to clot the air with opinion, speculation and mind-reading.

Wolf Blitzer to Jake Tapper, on CNN, outside Brown's funeral: "I'm sure the Brown family is pleased that three officials from the White House have decided to attend this funeral today, right?"

Tapper: "I'm sure they are."

He went on to describe the contrast between Michael Brown's funeral service as depicted in select TV clips vs. observing the ceremony in real time from beginning to end, followed by a constant and objective video feed following mourners to the cemetery, including the surroundings. It can be more enlightening to watch the tedious but unblinking coverage by webcams than dramatic cable news sound bites that interpret developments for us.

As Lloyd put it, webcams continued to record what happened after the funeral: "Life went on." But we'll never see footage of that on TV.

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Hannity’s (Re Ferguson) ‘Let Me Educate You’ Rant and Rave

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Cenk Uygur, of The Young Turks, properly found Hannity’s (Ferguson) ‘Let Me Educate You’ rant and rave a slosh condescending. They do satirical skewering withsuch stealth and humor.

Sean Hannity’s Live high-handed and dismissive debacle of a segment of Ferguson Committeewoman Patricia Bynes airtime earlier this week. Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur took justifiable offense.

BFF's Hannity and Rick Perry is a nauseating pact from the divvel'.

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From Newshounds.

I think Uygur hit all the right points here. Hannity's shockingly condescending treatment of his guest, his bias on behalf of Police Officer Darren Wilson, and his disregard for the concerns of the protesters.

Cartoon, the inimitible Horsey of the LA Times

Cartoon, the inimitible Horsey of the LA Times

For background, Rachel Maddow's take on the Front Lines in the GOP War on Women.

 

 

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The Hannity sputum interview about Ferguson is below.

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Cliff Notes: "NRA only worried about the civil rights of white people." #Ferguson

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My dear friend and mentor, Cliff Schecter, has a new post up; Cliff has given me permission to share his work with you, so I’ll give you the latest edition of what I call Cliff Notes.

He skewers better than a chef at Smokey Joe’s BBQ. He’s sharper than the point on Sarah Palin’s pin head.

Here are a few excerpts from his latest, with permission. Please read the whole thing, because he has way more than I’ve included here. Kudos are in order; MSNBC's Alex Wagner gave Cliff and this article a shout out and some well-deserved attention. It's about the hypocrisy of the NRA and their apparent disdain for the civil rights of Ferguson residents. Well, some of them, anyway.

Here are a few bits and pieces, bu please link over for the entire post:

The National Rifle Association has been warning us about the threat of a heavily-armed and dangerous government crushing dissent for decades.  [...]

Their dystopian nightmare sounds exactly like what’s happening in Ferguson, Missouri.

Yet somehow, the NRA seems to have missed the whole thing with the SWAT teams and the tank-like vehicles and the snipers and the LRAD sound cannon and the tear gas and the rubber bullets being trained on unarmed Americans. [...]

If I were suspicious of their motives--and I am--I might point out that when I visited their 9 acres of militarized gun-fun also known as their convention in Indianapolis, I saw fewer black faces than in your average episode of The Dukes of Hazzard. I'd also point out that LaPierre blows just about every tune he knows on his dog whistle, when warning his membership of the horrors confronting them during this period when violent crime has fallen to its lowest level in a generation [...]

The National Rifle Association often claims it is "America's longest standing civil rights organization" but apparently these minor issues were more important than the murder of an unarmed teen by a policeman, and the subsequent attacks by a militarized force on unarmed Americans in a U.S. city. It is the exact nightmare the NRA has been predicting. And yet, the NRA professes no kinship for those being crushed beneath the jackboots. It seems the NRA is only worried about the civil rights of white people.

Please read the entire post at The Daily Beast, here.

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President Obama Publicly Turns Up the Volume on ISIL and Ferguson

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Dude got Bin Laden,  never bury the headline on that, fellow liberals.

President Obama has feck to spare. As does Attorney General Eric Holder - he proved himself quite the crisis manager, diplomat and calming influence already, and we can clearly expect to have justice happen in Ferguson.

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It oft feels, deeply felt in fact, the Legendary Brass Top o' the neocon military (and militia) have permanently scheduled wet dreams about their goal of a Military Industry Complex Renaissance. Going to be all solved with absurd number ofbullets and money pouring in, don't you know?

From Rachel Maddow, a pair of tremendous segments. Finally(!) some coverage of the possibly - allegedly - certainly wry as can be , Doctor GFY. Would have seemed an amusement had the threatening man not have been wearing both combat gear and the power he felt surging through his veins.

And this gem:

The Last Word with Lawrence acquired fine footage as well.


As always, don your complimentary Orvis Waders and grab a large sized Method™ Troll Spray - we're going into FVX and it ain't pretty. Ferguson has the network on High Hysteria from morning to night.

 

I've never seen Hannity so smug and dismissive, and 's a big list of incidences. And to hype the absurd theory that it was actually Brown's crime. That was a WTF moment heard round the global airwaves, because Fox Noise needs a binder full of fact checkers.

The more feck the better.

Secretary Kerry has said that ISIL must be destroyed and will be crushed. The West Wing got some juicing going on in a cloakroom somewhere ? We may have looked, today, a micro-amount less idiotic as a nation than has been the norm.

John Oliver will have it translated, unpacked and given the perfect soupçon of Oliver very, very soon.

Andddddddd … truly 'tis all about power. Financial peaks are good for impressing your neighbors/family and really seeing a lot more of their clan.

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The N-Word Finally Strikes: Hits Don Lemon, POC and CNN Journalist in Ferguson

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Protestors confront police during an impromptu rally, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 to protest the shooting of Michael Brown, 18, by police in Ferguson, Mo. on Saturday. Brown died following a confrontation with police, according to St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar, who spoke at a news conference Sunday. The protesters rallied in front of the police and fire departments in Ferguson following Belmar's news conference. (AP Photo/Sid Hastings)

Protestors confront police during an impromptu rally, Sunday, Aug. 10, 2014 to protest the shooting of Michael Brown, 18, by police in Ferguson, Mo. on Saturday. Brown died following a confrontation with police, according to St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar, who spoke at a news conference Sunday. The protesters rallied in front of the police and fire departments in Ferguson following Belmar's news conference. (AP Photo/Sid Hastings)

From CNN and via Talking Points Memo

Fresh off his reporting assignment in Ferguson, Mo., CNN anchor Don Lemon said Tuesday that one of his producers heard a member of the National Guard using a racial epithet while serving in the troubled St. Louis suburb.

While hosting a town hall called "Black and White in America," Lemon was prompted to share an anecdote from his time in Ferguson, where the Missouri National Guard was deployed earlier this week to quell the violent protests that have erupted since the fatal police shooting of unarmed black 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Image, Business Insider

Image, Business Insider

"I’m just going to be honest with you," said Lemon, who is black. "Last night, one of my producers said that they — I won’t say if it’s a he or she because I don’t want to give anyone away — said they came in contact with one of the members of the National Guard and that they said, ‘You want to get out of here because you’re white because these n-words, you never know what they’re going to do.’ True story. I kid you not. 2014, a member of the National Guard. And my producer doesn’t lie. It is a true story.”

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Photo, Ferguson MO Protests

The Daily Kos took it to the mat, as well, they are so committed to the truth and actually (checked) facts.

And got some incredible footage.

Officer 'Go Fuck Yourself' got a tad out of hand. Meaning part inane part racist, and in possession of military=style weaponry. I spent a couple months in the USSR in my salad days, and it looked an awful like Ferguson at present.

If we needed proof that SOME egregiously bad apple cops are on the streets, gun fondling, here 'ya go … from Newsmax, and addressing the details of the beheading of veteran journalist Jim Foley.

Cartoon courtesy Matt Bors at Kos

Cartoon courtesy Matt Bors at Kos

A man identified as James Foley, his head shaven and dressed in an orange outfit similar to uniforms worn by prisoners at the U.S. military detention camp in Guantánamo, Cuba, is seen kneeling in the desert next to a man standing, holding a knife and clad head to toe in black.

"I call on my friends, family and loved ones to rise up against my real killers, the U.S. government, for what will happen to me is only a result of their complacency and criminality," the kneeling man says.

The man next to him, in a black mask, speaks in a British accent and says, "This is James Wright Foley, an American citizen, of your country. As a government, you have been at the forefront of the aggression towards the Islamic State."

Courtesy Indy Cruz, father-of Mike Brown brown-killed by Ferguson police

Courtesy of Santa Cruze IndeyMedia , depicting the father- of  Mike Browm; still mourning  the loss of his son , killed by Ferguson police

Following his statement he beheads the kneeling man. At the end of the video, words on the side of the screen say, "Steven Joel Sotloff", as another prisoner in an orange jumpsuit is shown on screen. "The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision," the masked man says.

We have GOT to get it together here, people … the gun fondlers are now killing with confidence, and I didn't read that in any part of the Constitution.

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Quickie-- Missouri GOP leader: Voter registration at protests is "disgusting"

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Today's Missouri Quickie:

Via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Missouri Republican Party Executive Director Matt Wills denounced voter registration efforts amid continued protests in Ferguson, calling it "disgusting."

"If that’s not fanning the political flames, I don’t know what is," Wills told Breitbart News, a conservative website, Monday.

He also called the actions "completely inappropriate."

These blah people clearly don't know their place, right Patriot Matt? How dare they legally and rationally try to use their voices in more ways than one!

That was today's Quickie. Was it good for you?

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The More Things Change...

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...the more they stay the same.

The photographer who shot that iconic photo at the top of the page was arrested last night in Ferguson, MO. Scott Olsen, a photojournalist for Getty Images, has brought the reality of what's happening in Ferguson to the rest of the world via his amazing photos, many of which can be seen here. 

Apparently, the police didn't want Olsen doing his job where he was standing- as if they wanted him to do his job at all..

Scott Olsen wasn't the only member of the media arrested last night. We know of at least two others.

Intercept reporter Ryan Devereaux was arrested this morning while on the ground covering the protests in Ferguson, Mo. According to St. Louis Post-Dispatch photographer David Carson, who witnessed the apprehension, Ryan and a German reporter he was with were both taken into custody by members of a police tactical team. They were handcuffed and placed in a wagon, and Carson was told they were being taken to St. Louis County jail.

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Update: Johnson and his colleagues did not take the “proper action.” Ryan spent the night in St. Louis County Jail, where he remains this morning. According to officials there, he is due to be released without charge—the initial pretext for his detention was “failure to disperse”—within the hour. Ryan and Lukas Hermsmeier, a reporter for the German newspaper De Bild, were both apprehended last night—and shot with beanbags and rubber bullets—while attempting to return to their car after a night of reporting. When they were shot at, they had their hands raised in the air and were shouting, “Press! Press! Press!”

Second Update: Ryan has been released. And a correction: While the situation is still not entirely clear, I believe now that both Ryan and Hermsmeier were hit with beanbags, but not rubber bullets as reported above. Also, I’ve updated the post and the headline to reflect the fact that Ryan was in fact arrested and jailed overnight, not merely detained.

Ryan Devereaux's Twitter stream from last night tells the story of a police force in over their heads and seemingly out of control.

 

 

 

And finally,

That was Ryan Devereaux's last tweet last night. This morning, he tweeted this:

Aside from the Twitter play-by-play accounts, you might be wondering what year this was.

When I heard that Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon was sending in the National Guard, the first place my mind went was back to Richard Nixon and Kent State.  In his 2008 book Nixonland, Rick Perlstein wrote about the rise of the militarized police.

Rick has a new book out, The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan, and he joined me on the show this morning to talk about it.  (Since I only got the book yesterday, I haven't had time to read it. Rick promised to return after I do for another conversation.) Obviously, we spoke about the parallels between the two eras.

And in hour two, GottaLaff joined in for our weekly segment, the Gliberal Goddesses. Obviously there was much to talk about today, most of it Ferguson related. But I had a few things to get off my chest too...

Now I'm battling the beginnings of a cold/fluish kind of thing. So it's off to get some rest. Tomorrow, Susie Madrak and Thomas Frank join me... Radio or Not!

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