How The Media Handles Ferguson — And Vice Versa

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From the beginning, the media has played a part in the stories it has been reporting about the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. In the weeks after the shooting, police arrested journalists from The Huffington Post, The Washington Post and other news outlets, failing to distinguish them from protesters.

Last night, St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch cast blame on what he called the media’s "insatiable appetite for something — anything — to talk about" when announcing the grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson, the officer who shot Brown on August 8.

NPR Media Correspondent David Folkenflik talks to Here & Now's Robin Young about the media coverage in Ferguson, including how the press handled last night’s violent protests.


This segment aired on November 25, 2014.


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